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We have all dealt with insecurities, right? I now can say I USED TO be extremely shy, different circumstances in life made me change in so many different -but positive- ways. Probably being shy made my insecurities worst, since I was a kid I remember hiding from people when my parents wanted to introduce me to one of their friends.
We often feel down, when we shouldn't. For some reason I never was one of those social kid of people who had lots of friends, always had one or two but you know what they say "it's about quality and not quantity", anyways, when growing up I stayed the same, I finally ended up the last 3 years of high school in home school for several reasons, I was also bullied, somedays I didn't want to go and that kept me depressed, now I live with no fear.
After I finished all that I started going to the university, guess which career did I choose? Communications! Weird huh, that after being shy I wanted to become a communicator, well not really, I wanted to study that was the only career that had photography involved, besides graphic designing but I didn't want to become another graphic designer, I don't know if it's because here where I live it's an easy career but we have thousands! So yes, I started and lasted only 6 months, not only because it was not mainly what I wanted but because it was too expensive for my parents [Whew], to be honest I'm glad I didn't continue with it as it was not what I truly wanted, I would've made my parents spend tons of money on something that I didn't truly wanted! But guess what, being surrounded by communicators made me the shyness disappear like BOOM!
Of course my personality transformation was not from one day to another but it was the first step; I started going out to parties, with people, started having more friends and that made me open my eyes and realize that the change is in us.
After I quit the university, I had nothing to do, so I got myself a job in a callcenter, I had to talk to people 10 hours over the phone every day (I'm glad it was over the phone, customer service for credit cards is no fun lol), so talkin to people helped me! It's funny right? How experiences that sometimes you hate help you in ways that you were not expecting them to. I must say that I quit after 7 months but that was another tiny step in my way to become an outgoing person.
After that I got another job but this time it was customer support for an airline, [oops strike 2] same thing when talking to people but the thing itself is so stressing. I can't deny that at the time that I was working this place opened where they main focus was photography, BINGO! So I started my photography courses and everything but it was mostly camera handling, you know, nobody can teach your eye what to see or how to take a picture, but that's a different subject.
After so much stress I went to live to this paradise, Lake Atitlan. Well it's a touristic place here in Guatemala and I started working as a bartender, yeah, me. The job was awesome and I think that was the last step to my personality-turn-around. I re discovered myself as a person and needless to say that the old Pablo is gone gone gone, it's no longer difficult for me to open up to people, start a conversation with a stranger.. no longer blushing and that, so this is my story.
As said, the change is in you, just one step away. Don't let anyone tell you what to do, what to think, how to dress, don't change because of the enviroment, be real.
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