When I was 14, living out of state, and taking summer classes as a pre-professional ballet dancer, I was painfully introverted. I had my own dorm room, but that made it really hard for me to meet people. I remember listening to the two girls across the hall leave for dinner and wishing they would knock on my door and invite me to go with them. But I usually went to dinner alone.
I loved training with that company, but I never had the courage to go up and talk to the other dancers, so it was a lonely first week. Until I got hurt. Luckily, it wasn't too bad, and after a morning of icing my ankle with a fellow injured dancer, we sparked a great friendship. But I needed that circumstance to help me meet people. I was too scared to do it myself.
I’m happy to report that time heals all wounds and I am much different now than I was back then.
Today, I am still pretty introverted, but I'm confident in who I am and I see my quiet nature in a world of extraverts as an asset. I still get nervous when I'm speaking at a conference, or judging a new event where I don't know anyone. But now I just take a deep breath, smile, and go up to the group and say "Hi!" I’m proud of where I’ve come.
Double-tap if you have a redemption story of your own, or if you're a fellow introvert… bonus points if you share your story with me below! You decide, is your personality an asset or weakness?
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