Any advice (from you or anyone else) on how to be less shy/more confident around strangers? Like when I'm alone or with friends I feel totally awesome but around people I'm less familiar with the shyness swallows me whole. It's a problem I've had as long as I can remember. Btw I love your blog and how you try to interact with your followers :)
Thank you for the kind words. :)
I totally get where you’re coming from. When I was in college, I would often go to parties and just stay to myself almost all night. Then I would repeat the same thing next week. I was very shy, and I would still consider myself a shy person (and certainly an introvert), but I’ve managed to become a person who looks to engage people when I’m out, even those I’m not particularly close to.
For me, the change happened through a few ways. First, it just took time and experience. I did a lot of public speaking through work, and that helped me feel comfortable around people. It just takes times - years often. Secondly, the more you feel comfortable about who you are, the more you’ll feel comfortable about who you are around others. That’s definitely key. And finally, I found that the more I love people in general, the more I want to get to know people, which makes communication very natural.
I hope you’ll continue to grow in this area - I know it’s tough. Do your best!
Does anyone else have advice for the anon?
Hi Charles! How's your Holy Week going? :)
It’s going well, Kim! I’ve actually had a super busy week, so little time for reflection or rest, but I’m looking forward to time with church and family this weekend.
How is your week going? Any Easter plans (and the same question to everyone else)?
If you’ve never watched this video about Jesus’ death and resurrection, I highly encourage you to do so as we commemorate Good Friday. It’s a well-done short, done in anime-style by a studio in Japan, and I think effectively portrays some of what that day may have been like. Even if you aren’t Christian, I think it’s worth the watch.