If the phrase “class presentation” gave you nightmares growing up, you’ll relate.
Avoiding eye contact at all costs. Breaking out in a cold sweat at the thought of class presentations. Psyching yourself up just to ask for directions to the loo…
If you grew up as a shy kid, you’ll remember exactly how those cringey, hair-raising moments tormented you.
At least you can take solace in the fact you weren’t alone in your lack of confidence — because this week, formerly shy kids are sharing their experiences on social media using the hashtag #GrowingUpShy.
Their hilarious observations sum up exactly how every shy child felt.
1. You never spoke up in class… even when you knew the answers.
There were few things as frustrating as letting the class loud-mouth shout out that answer you knew all along — all because you couldn’t muster the courage to put your hand up in class.
And when the teacher called on you, a minor panic attack ensued.
2. You never said people’s names for fear of getting it wrong.
Even when you were 99.9% sure you’d memorised a person’s name correctly, you put off actually repeating it for an unreasonably long amount of time.
What if “Sarah” was actually written “Sara”? What if you’d mistaken them for their friend? The possibilities for social mishaps made your hair stand on end.
Sadly, people mistook your shyness for aloofness…
A situation made even worse if you happened to have a “resting bitch face,” as well.
3. You dreaded birthdays.
Being the centre of attention as your classmates belted out”happy birthday“? More like UNhappy birthday.
You preferred to meander at the side of parties, rather than remain the centre of attention — and you lived in fear someone would organise a surprise party, forcing you to socialise without time to mentally prepare for the ordeal.
4. You freaked out when friends brought other friends along to your playdates.
You know those people who happily bring their different friendship groups together and expect everyone to be BFFs? You were SO NOT OKAY with that situation.