Quiet, shy people may not look like they have a lot on their minds because they don’t often have a lot to say, but I’ve found that this observation is quite the opposite. We’re thinkers. We’re writers. We’re observers. At the mere notion of public speaking, we quiver in our sneakers, our teeth chatter, and suddenly we hate the world with a fiery passion.
I know, because I’m one of them.
In class, it’s so easy to let yourself sit at the back of the room and be swallowed up by a couple courageous voices. You think, “I’ll make a fool of myself if I talk in front of everyone.” Introverts are often mistaken for being stuck-up when all we’re really focusing on is the big picture:
“I’m afraid of what they’ll think of me.”
“What if I’m not good enough?”
and, the most famous anxiety of all,
“What if the words come out wrong?”
Sound familiar? Then, you probably know what I’m talking about. I’m here to tell you that I’ve gone through the very same terrifying experiences all throughout my college career. That is, until I decided to step up my game and beat the odds.
Today’s the day to show the world what you’re made of!
I challenge you to voice your opinion in class at least once per session. It’s okay if you stutter and stammer and say “um,” a bajillion times. You’re learning and you’re finding your bravery one step at a time.
Confidence is hard to come by when you’re the book-ish type, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. The key is self-love and acceptance. It doesn’t matter what other people think about what you have to say as long as you feel that you’re confident in yourself and in what your unique, awesome mind is trying to express.
Your discussion topic may not be as bad as you think!
So, sit up straight, smile, and speak up!
There’s NOTHING wrong with you.