The Shyness Project

Don’t Be Afraid to Try

I met Patti in late March when she came across my site and left her first comment.  Since then she has continued to read my blog and leave comments on my posts.  Here she shares one of her own experiences with shyness, and some of the realizations she had when she made the effort to try doing something she thought she couldn’t do.  It just goes to show that it’s never too late to try doing something that you’ve always wanted to do.


When I was a teenager, I really liked to sing and I liked the sound of my own voice and knew I could follow music well – but I was always too timid to try out for any school musicals or even for choir – simply because I would have to sing in front of people by myself. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I couldn’t bear the thought that others would judge me as “not good enough.”

When I in my mid-30s and my son was 10 years old, I saw a sign for tryouts for a community Gilbert and Sullivan group and thought it would be so much fun and I really wanted to do it. I was still afraid, but I realized that if I was going to be a good example for my son, I had to try – because it was too awful to think of him asking me why I hadn’t tried something I really wanted to do just because I was afraid.

I tried out and made it and had the time of my life. I realized how silly I had been when I was younger – realizing in looking back that I was as good or better than a lot of people who performed in front of others – but I lost out because I was afraid. I’m not big on regrets – what’s done is done – but I hope others won’t waste years losing out on useful, rewarding, or just plain fun experiences simply because they can’t bring themselves to try.


 To read more of Patti’s writing, visit her site.  She is a lovely woman who is very down-to-earth, and you will enjoy getting to know her like I have through reading her posts. She is a talented writer and often sprinkles in a good amount of humor in her blog.


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14 thoughts on “Don’t Be Afraid to Try

  1. love what you said, “I tried out and made it and had the time of my life. ” Fear is such a robber. Isn’t it exhilarating when you take a chance, and push past the fears, you can do something new???? I remember watching a motivational video called “Pack your own chute” It was a 30 minute presentation that changed my life. To demonstrate that fear is a very natural and common part of personal growth, she decided to parachute out of a plane to illustrate there is more to life than fear. leading up to her jump, she was in tears….but didn’t let that stop her from pressing on. I think of her story sometimes when I’m going to step out of my “comfort zone” and try something new. Feels just like I’m jumping out of an airplane, butterflies and all. Bet there were a few butterflies in your stomach Patti the first night you hit the stage 🙂 great story.

  2. Barbara Markway on said:

    Really enjoyed your story, Patti! What resonated with me is how you had to do it to set a good example for your son. Gosh, we’ll do anything for our kids, won’t we?

  3. Patti is right sometimes all we have to do is try! Thank you for sharing her story with us 🙂

  4. Patti is a great writer. I usually read and learn something. 🙂

  5. Patti rocks – and so do you, Brittany!
    Good work – both of you!

  6. Thanks Brittany, for including me in your posts! I feel very honored. I’m so glad I ran into you in your quest to overcome shyness and I look forward to following your progress as you move on in life!

  7. This is simply a great and inspiring story.

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