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I grew up believing that being shy was a bad thing. I’m naturally introverted and growing up I was painfully shy. I found it very difficult to feel at ease in group situations and I would freeze up when anyone wanted to talk to me. Being shy made it painfully uncomfortable for me to talk about myself. I preferred to listen.

Growing up, I felt pressure from my parents and teachers to step out of my comfort zone. I’m not sure what gave me more anxiety, being told not to be shy or actually being shy. As I entered teenage hood, I discovered that drugs and alcohol made it easier for me to be outgoing. This unconscious form of self-medicating settled my naturally shy and anxious soul. Under the influence, I could behave with more… Read More

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