I don’t know how to talk to strangers. To the people who know me, I’m friendly and warm and chatty. But around strangers, the super-shy science geek side of my personality makes an appearance. She’s the one who mumbles, can’t quite look people in the eyes, becomes a bit flustered (especially around handsome guys).
But she’s learning.
Last Monday, I walked up to a guy I’d seen around a bunch but had never spoken with, and I introduced myself formally, admitting that I’m often shy and awkward around new people. And you know what? Everything turned out wonderfully. We chatted about our jobs a bit, connected over a mutual interest, and laughed some.
I don’t know what’s been holding me back for so long…