The Lazy Ramblings Of A Lazy Man (On Being Shy)

The Man Down My Local (10).pngI was recently introduced to the Idle Thoughts Of An Idle Fellow by Jerome K Jerome. The book consists of 14 essays on 14 topics

  1. ON BEING IDLE.
  2. ON BEING IN LOVE.
  3. ON BEING IN THE BLUES.
  4. ON BEING HARD UP.
  5. ON VANITY AND VANITIES.
  6. ON GETTING ON IN THE WORLD.
  7. ON THE WEATHER.
  8. ON CATS AND DOGS.
  9. ON BEING SHY.
  10. ON BABIES.
  11. ON EATING AND DRINKING.
  12. ON FURNISHED APARTMENTS.
  13. ON DRESS AND DEPORTMENT.
  14. ON MEMORY.

Jerome K Jerome is pretty much me down to a tee. He’s lazy and just writes whatever comes to mind. He doesn’t care who he offends, and I often felt that he may have been somewhat high when he picked up the pen. But Mr Jerome has inspired me, so I am going to be writing a series of posts on the topics that Mr Jerome turned his hand at. (I know I’m ripping the guy off, but quite frankly I don’t care).

On Being Shy

You wouldn’t think it to look at me now, but I haven’t always been the confident, handsome, outgoing person that I am now. I used to be a fat, spotty teenager with the confidence of a flaccid willy. I couldn’t even look a girl in the eye, let alone talk to one above some pathetic mumble.

Confidence is something I’ve had to work on throughout my life, to the point where I can now address a well lit room full of hundreds of people without even breaking a sweat. I’m told I even manage make it look easy. However small talk and meeting new people is something I really suck at, I mean, I never know what to say in these awkward social situations, its something that really has been apparent over the last few months, due to the increase in civic duties, it means a lot of talking to old people whilst trying not to be offensive.

usually at those sort of events I just stick to neutral topics live the weather or whatever it is the event is in aide of, “x does such great work”, “we really need to do more for y”, that sort of thing. It does get a little tedious, but it is definitely better than talking about anything controversial, especially with old people.

This is the ninth in series of posts ripping off the work of Mr Jerome K Jerome and his seminal piece The Idle Thoughts Of An Idle Man.

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