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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.

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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.

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 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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