Introvert To Extrovert: One Week Later

27 Aug

It’s been a week since I started my little social experiment. Initially, it seemed that I was able to conquer each challenge but as with anything, life gets in the way. By life, I mean friends, studies, health and everything in between. Sometimes it’s a lot to handle and it can get you down. That’s what happened this past week. I allowed the stress to get to me and the more I focussed on my work and everything I needed to achieve, the more I crawled back into my little shell.

Stressed to the max, I didn’t want to socialise with anyone, yet alone with new people. Deep down, I was conflicted. I wanted to curl up into myself but at the same time I had promised myself to see this challenge through, so I tried. That’s the most amazing thing about the human body and mind, we try. Even when there is a risk of failure or humiliation, we try. It’s as if trying is second nature. You try to fix something, or explore somewhere new, attempt a Sodoku puzzle etc. You try. Ever heard of “try and fail but never fail to try?” My Dad instilled that in me when I was younger and I’ve tried to live by it since. See…I’ve tried 😀

Anyway, back to the challenge. Saying ‘Hi’ to someone new everyday is easy. When you’re at the store and the shop keeper says “Good Morning” and makes small talk, it’s difficult and not to mention downright rude not to reply with a bit of a smile. The challenge however, or rather how I interpret it, is for me to break the silence first. Responding to shop keepers does not count. So in that respect, I didn’t do too well this week. I didn’t say ‘Hi’ to anyone new but I ensured that my voice was heard by engaging in conversation with friends and family. Again, not what I was hoping to achieve with this challenge but it’ll have to do for now.

Instead of delving in to how I failed to overcome each challenge this past week, let’s just keep it simple and say that yes, I didn’t achieve all that much. My achievement however was the fact that I tried. The best part of this challenge? I can attempt to conquer it again this week and every other week ahead. Life is good that way. As it keeps going, you get to keep trying until you achieve what you’ve set out to.

I’d just like to make one thing clear though. Just because I failed to achieve much this week does not mean I will fail every week. One small setback will not stop me and to those of you attempting this challenge along with me, it shouldn’t stop you either!

Till the next update,



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