I always felt self-conscious in social settings. What if I say something that hurts someone’s feelings or offends them? What if people think I’m weird or don’t like me? What am I going to talk to them about? Maybe it’s better if I don’t go. Or if I did go, I needed liquid courage in hand before I could lighten up and socialize.
I’ve been going about this all wrong and for way too long (no more rhymes, I promise!). I’ve been missing out on hundreds of experiences to meet new people and get to know the people I like better. How awful!
I feel awkward when I’m around really shy, insecure people. Chalene is right…you do feel like you have to take care of them. So why would I want to be shy and nervous and make people uncomfortable? That’s the opposite of what I want!
Once I realized people were not thinking about me as much as I worried they were (what ego I had to think they’re obsessing over what I said or did!) and that I didn’t care what people thought of me as long as I know God and myself are happy with me, my perspective completely changed. I don’t mind social situations anymore. I like talking to strangers now. How liberating!
Mind blown for the day. I love this podcast!