Erratic Thought #9
Here is something to think about: there are really no such thing as shy people.
Now I know you will say, “What the heck are you talking about? I know tons of shy people-people that simply don’t talk very much. They are nervous, timid, and seem to think if they do anything, they might embarrass themselves.” Well, let me tell you my theory. None of this is true. I also know what you are thinking. Yes. I have already blogged about this topic before. I do not think I did it the justice it deserved.
Alright, so for some really quick review, there are two options for these supposedly “shy” people? Either: a) these people are extremely strange or b) they are secretly awesome. Because the chance of the former being true of someone is so low, I am only going to talk about the latter in this post.
I want to take a look at the word “shy.” What does it mean, exactly? I am sure that all of you reading think the definition of shy would be, “being reserved or having showing nervousness or timidity in the company of other people.” WRONG! Although this is possible, it is almost always another, lesser know, definition. Just as I told you of two different kinds of shy people, the word “shy” actually has several different definitions.. And just in case you doubt the validity of what I am about to tell you, look the word up in a dictionary and just see what you find. I took them from the Oxford English Dictionary.
The first definition of “shy” is this: the act of flinging or throwing something at a target. This is, by far, the much less likely to be the case for your friend, however it does unfortunately happen quite often. Many times, when a child is very young, he or she will be involved in a “throwing” accident. This accident will most often consist of one of three things. It could involve having a small, hard projectile thrown in the vicinity of one’s head-area. It could also consist of having some sort of kitchenware hurled at one’s body, but not necessarily the head (this could be a bowl, a spork, a wooden spoon, or some crinkled up tin foil). The third option is that the child, himself, was thrown at a target. The worst thing about this option is that it can happen to anyone. Have you ever had a friend who was the most outspoken, funny person ever and one day, he just isn’t like that at all anymore. He is now shy. Like I said, it usually occurs in childhood, but a throwing or flinging accident can happen to anyone.
The second definition of shy, which not many people know of, is: not bearing fruit well or prolifically (prolifically means “a lot of fruit”). So, what is it that tells us about your little friend sitting alone? Is he or she really shy? Are they really scared of saying something wrong or being embarrassed? No, or course not! What many of these people are actually doing is concealing a secret- a secret that they will do anything to protect, even if it means keeping quiet for the rest of their lives. They are simply ashamed of the fact that they are horrible gardeners. I know, I know. It is probably hard to believe. But do you really see many plants or flowers in or around your shy friends house. And if you do, make sure to ask if either, their mother grew them or they came from their local Wal-Mart. I hope that I have not offended anyone reading, just remember that there are several definitions of the word “shy.” This is the one I believe to be the most commonly used and applicable one.