A Painfully Shy Girl Finds Her Voice: An Unexpected Challenge
The day my painfully shy voice stepped out of the shadows
When I was a child, I would have loved to have had the confidence I have now – but I didn’t. I often wonder how many people out there suffer the way I suffered, right up to my early adulthood. How do other painfully shy people deal with its debilitating effects?
You won’t find me in this lovely photo of my aunt’s wedding; I was hiding behind my mother, too shy to tear myself from her side. But I am no longer that person. I have grown a voice.
Below is a 3-minute video in which I share memories of the moment my voice took its first tentative steps towards independence:
It took 25 years for my self-confidence to find a foothold, and 25 years more to ensure permanent stability.
Books have been my escape, and my source of joy, since the day I learned to read. And of the thousands of books I have read, the one that stands out in my mind is one by Susan Jeffers, FEEL THE FEAR …AND DO IT ANYWAY.