Lately I've been trying to overcome my shyness by forcing myself to do things I wouldn't normally do willingly. I made a phone call to pay a bill without fumbling my words for the first time about a month ago. That was an accomplishment I'm very proud of :) When I started school again I made it a point to talk to people I didn't know. And you know what? I actually met some really nice people! I did come across some not-so-kind classmates, but the nice definitely outnumbered them. Every day I've been getting better at not second guessing myself so much, but there's one thing I still struggle with...
Commenting on other blogs.
Do you find it weird that I get shy to comment on other blogs? I don't know what it is but I get so nervous to click the "publish" button after I've typed up a comment. I just freeze up. There've been countless times that I've just moved on without leaving something to let the blogger know I agreed with what they were saying, congratulating them on an accomplishment, or just to say hi. I know how great it feels to sign into my blog and see that I have a comment waiting to be published, so I know that other bloggers love that feeling, too. But sometimes I just can't get myself to leave a comment! Especially when it's a blog I just started following. My thought process while debating on whether or not to leave one kind of goes like this.. "Oh gosh that sounds so dumb." "They're not gonna understand what you mean by that!" "There are so many grammatical errors here." "They don't know you and will probably wonder why you're here!" .. Yeah, there's a lot more but this post would be way too long :)
I just wanted to see if there's anyone else out there who kinda sorta feels the same way? Blogging has definitely helped me come out of my shell. I never would have thought that I'd be able to have a twitter convo with a fellow blogger or an author. And it's great to have met a lot of awesome people in the book blogging world who are so nice and encouraging. Being shy about commenting is something I hope to get over someday. Even as I'm typing this post I'm trying to decide whether or not I'll actually publish it.. Maybe writing this is a step closer to getting over this fear and shyness?
One more thing...
I know I wouldn't be able overcome my fears(and I'm not just talking about commenting) without God's help. A verse I want to end this post with is one I find I'm always going back to..
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
- 2 Timothy 1:7