Don’t Be Afraid

Hello everyone!

[This post is going to be a little more personalized.]

Ever since I was a child, I aspired to be an author, a writer, a journalist, an editor, hell even an English teacher! I am currently a Literature Major, but I am also extremely introverted which makes it hard to put myself out there. I typically don’t put myself in situations where I feel nervous and uncomfortable because it makes me anxious. So doing things like meeting new people, joining new organizations/clubs, and just socializing sometimes is a challenge because I’m really shy and self-conscious. [Please do not misinterpret the definition of introversion as someone who is incapable of handling social situations because that’s not it at all, if you would like clarification follow this link.]

However, recently I have become extremely bored of my routine. I felt that I needed a little more excitement and I yearned for a change. I wasn’t satisfied by only going to class, I felt that I could be doing something more productive with my time. Also, I felt that I wasn’t in touch with my major enough, so I started to pay more attention to club recruitment posters and posts online asking for new members. It took a lot of courage from me and a lot of mental preparation, but I managed to drag my ass to two meetings this week for two different organizations. Luckily, I was able to push myself just a little bit out of my comfort zone and I managed to make good impressions!

If any of you are like me and you struggle to go outside of that comfort zone, you sometimes feel hindered by your personality. Instead of giving into that shyness, give yourself the room to grow and prosper by stepping out of that comfort zone, even if it’s scary. Sometimes you just have to realign yourself with what you want, focus on it, and then go after it!

Just take a lil leap of faith and maybe something good will come out of it, especially if it’s something you’ve always wanted to do.

-Alexis

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