I am shy. Overwhelmingly shy at times. It took me years before I got up the courage to post my first comment on a stranger’s blog. Item #60 on my life list is to walk up to someone I don’t know and introduce myself. I still don’t feel ready to take that plunge.
This shyness has stood in my way a lot. As it does. Most of the friends I have I met either at school or at work. Forced social situations where I never had to be the first one to initiate interaction. For the most part, it’s worked. There are times, though, where it would be nice to not be so frightened of new people. For instance, back when I took dance classes, I spent most of the time by myself, doing my thing because I couldn’t get up the nerve to even say “hello” to anyone. It is easier to remain a social outcast than to try to connect.
The reason I’m bringing all of this up is kind of sappy. Most of my life I have spent outside larger communities. Which is fine, actually, I’m not complaining. It prevents me from having to deal with my anxiety.
When I started this blog back in March I had no intention of connecting with others. It was just going to be something to do, a place to prattle on about my dog so I didn’t have to annoy my friends with all my dorky stories. For some reason I can’t explain, that changed. I started seeking out other people who were passionate about the same things. What I found shocks me.
The pet blogging community seems to be full of warm, considerate, and special people. People who take time out of their day to welcome and encourage others who don’t know if they will fit in. For someone who has never felt like she belongs, this is huge.
I just wanted to say thank you. To all of you. To those reading this now. You, in that desk chair. Thank you. If we ever were to meet in the street, I’d probably be too intimidated to say anything, but I’d like you to know that your acceptance of me on the Internets has meant something. I now feel one step closer to achieving that life list goal. Thanks for being so nice.
Animal lovers rock.
Now that I’ve humiliated myself, here is a video of my dog playing with a pop bottle.