Every single thing in this post related to me.
So I admit it. I am an introvert.
Many times in my classes, the teacher has put me on the spot and asked me a question on what we were discussing.
Yes, I knew the answer.
No, I wouldn't have raised my hand to answer that question without being asked to.
Lately, I have honestly been trying to participate more in the class discussions and if you're just like me and are trying to do the same, you would know it's not the easiest thing to do.
Going from a quiet person to someone who butts - not necessarily - into every discussion and conversation is not an easy change.
And when you finally do have the courage and raise your hand, the sudden pang of doubt is back.
What if what I say is wrong?
What if everyone makes fun of me?
What if the teacher thinks that-
What if, what if, what if.
A couple days ago in English, we were discussing about themes in a story called 'On Seeing The 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning' by Haruki Murakami. I had many ideas on what the theme might be but I didn't speak up.
So as the same people kept on discussing over the themes and issues in this story, I continued mumbling my thoughts on it to myself.
Also, it's not just academics us Introverts have issues in speaking up in, it's sports too.
And that does not help at all.
Now in sports, you have to be very vocal. You have to call for the ball, the puck, anything.
Sometimes we do yell at our teammates for the ball and when we do, we cringe right after.
Was that too loud?
I think it was too loud.
What if I distracted them?
I bet they won't pass the ball to me anymore.
I guess what I'm basically trying to say in this post is that, yes, sometimes we might be wrong and we won't always be right but there's no reason that we should stop ourselves from sharing our thoughts with everyone. Some people may like them, some people may not.
And even if what we say is incorrect, so what? The people surrounding us are there to help us learn, to help us grow.
There is no wrong answer.