Realizing that shyness isn’t always easy to identify made me consider Ash Beckham’s TED Talk. "We all live in closets" that we need to get out of. Because “a closet is no place for a person to live.”
You and those popular people that hide their shyness may be afraid to admit you’re shy (because of how negative society has made it out to be). I’ll even admit, it is embarrassing to highlight your own faults, but talking about them makes you stronger and release those built up emotions. It’s bad to bottle up these fears and doubts. As Ash said, “we’re all hiding something. Let’s find the courage to open up.”
I want to thank you. (Shy person, extroverted person, teacher, or student) thank you for listening to what I had to say: that I'm not ashamed of being shy because I know my true, beautiful invisible identity.
When I compare myself to Aimee Mullin’s TED Talk about her “12 Pairs of Legs,” I realize that I do in fact like who I am. I am proud to be shy and to be myself. We should celebrate our so-called “disabilities.” It is the humanity and potential within that makes us truly beautiful.
But hey, if you don’t feel comfortable in your own skin and want to change, that’s okay too. Because “the wearer has the power to create whatever they want to create.” You have the power to “change identities.” How you present yourself is a “place of empowerment" (as Aimee put it). It’s okay if you want to work harder on reaching out. Sometimes we need to push ourselves to grow in order to truly understand ourselves and experience the world around us.
But if you take anything from this message I’m trying to convey, please recognize that being shy has made you who you are and has shaped your identity for the best. You may feel as though it held you back from making friends or taking risks, but it made you you. One thing that you should remind yourself is that you are not alone. You know that football player in your class that appears super confident, hilarious, flirtatious, and popular? Yeah, he was trembling while giving his presentation to the class. He had the uncontrollable fear of being in front of large crowds. Yet he hides it so well.