I’m Shy and I’m Proud

Hi, my name is Alexis (Lexi) and I am shy. I have never once tried to deny that fact. It is a part of who I am and I proudly embrace it.

Back when I was young and throughout elementary, I was an overall shy kid. Then came the summer before my sixth grade year when we moved (about 20 minutes away) and I had to start all over at a new school with new people and try to make friends. My level of shyness went from about a 5 to an 8 real fast. I was the same person at home, but when it came to school I barely spoke unless I was spoken to. That did not gain me a lot of friends and I was not surprised, but greatly appreciated those who actually did try to get to know little ole sixth grade me. I actually had a friend tell me in high school that back in sixth grade they thought I was a “bad word that starts with the letter B” just because I never really spoke. I laughed at this and was shocked because I am seriously a nice person and hate being mean. Those that took the time to get to know me outside of school could see that at home I spoke a lot more, danced around everywhere, and could get pretty crazy/weird at times (we are all weird in our own ways).

As the years passed I slowly took baby steps to come out of the shell that I had let envelop me. Did I come completely out of the shell? No, I did not and to this day consider myself back down to a shy level of 4 or 5. So if you think I am shy then you would be correct, but do not let that put you off from speaking to me. Because once you get to know me and I become comfortable around you, you will wonder where the shy girl went. The shy part of me does not make up my whole personality, but in order to discover the rest of my personality you have to be willing to break through that barrier.

Being shy or an introvert is not a bad thing. There is nothing wrong with wanting to stay in on the weekends and read, watch television/movies, or have a small get together with friends. There is nothing wrong with bringing a book to delve into before class begins. There is nothing wrong with being you. Love yourself and embrace all the quirks that make you who you are. Do not let anyone try to change you unless you want to change and are only doing it for yourself and no one else.

The day I truly embraced being shy was the day that I felt most like myself and not like I was trying to please anyone. Those that love me love the shy part of me so why should I not love that part of me all the same?



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