35 Tumblr Posts That Perfectly Explain What It’s Like Being Shy

I grew up as a shy girl and I don’t remember a time I wasn’t shy. After a month of pre-school, my teacher nervously asked my parents if I had a problem because she had never heard me talk. In kindergarten, my teacher wanted to hold me back a year because I wasn’t communicating. Throughout middle school, I heard the same statements over and over again: “Jessica is a great student, but she never talks.” “Stop being so shy!” “I can’t hear her!” In high school, I spent most of my time dreading class presentations, attempting to navigate social situations, and shrugging whenever someone asked me why I was so quiet.

Being shy in a world where outgoing, extroverted people are celebrated is not easy. Despite the fact that so many people out there are shy and socially awkward, it’s still something many don’t understand. Being shy caused me to miss out on a lot of things in my life, and it took a long time for me to become more outgoing. In the last few years, I’ve finally learned how to open up, but I still regularly find myself in situations where I feel like I’m being too quiet.

The struggle is real, and sometimes it seems like no one understands that as much as Tumblr does. There are tons of posts about being shy that are seriously on point, and will make you feel less alone in this loud world. Here are 35 Tumblr posts that perfectly explain what it’s like being shy: 

 

1. When you need something but you’re too scared to ask for it:

http://manda.tumblr.com/post/121819440796/wreck-it-mikey-being-too-shy-to-ask-for-wi-fi

 

2. You getting ready to go out every morning:

http://iwantyourkittens.tumblr.com/post/121819750207/bonelessbuffalochicken-youre-gonna-do-great

 

3. When you like knowing things but not actually being involved:

http://cheapest-thrills.tumblr.com/post/122169695583

 

4. When you’re bad at talking to people:

http://squidyword.tumblr.com/post/125210386447/anartisticanomaly-phantomcat94-meefling

 

5. When you know you’re not ACTUALLY shy when you’re away from randoms:

http://ohhsoadorkable.tumblr.com/post/125209386214/ego-x-absoluteshiiit-im-really-boring-if

 

6. When someone tells you to talk more:

http://goatish.tumblr.com/post/125433406228/ponies-n-things-disswasher-youre-so-shy-you

 

7. You every time your teacher says you’re doing presentations:

http://latefor-brunch.tumblr.com/post/125432053963/greetings-okay-class-who-wants-to-present

 

8. When you wish you weren’t shy:

http://ixxmmx.tumblr.com/post/125892783874/dongoverload-sometimes-i-get-so-jealous-of-other

 

9. Because what seems like a little thing to some people is a big deal for you:

http://latefor-brunch.tumblr.com/post/126014185078/growingupshy

 

10. When something this awkward happens and you don’t know how to deal:

http://growingupshy.tumblr.com/post/125121389279/kittyinthetardis-waving-at-someone-you-thought

 

11. You when you have to talk in front of a crowd:

http://growingupshy.tumblr.com/post/124983128459/britneysbaldhead-tell-the-class-a-little-about

 

12. When you thought your friend was a good friend but they actually let you down:

http://growingupshy.tumblr.com/post/124969526649/oh-gawd-no

 

13. Reflecting on things that happened months ago like…

http://growingupshy.tumblr.com/post/124621329749/i-hate-how-much-i-relate-to-all-of-these

 

14. Hearing the worst comment you can hear:

http://onlytwitterpics.tumblr.com/post/128582878638

 

15. This is you flirting:

http://pinch.tumblr.com/post/132317984030/frosted-my-version-of-flirting-is-looking-at

 

16. When your shyness becomes life threatening:

http://meet-mebytherivers-edge.tumblr.com/post/132611472915/fandommember-benaddictedcumberbabe

 

17. How you feel when you’re about to speak in front of everyone:

http://smoke.tumblr.com/post/133757672925/nialls-genitalls-me-when-im-the-next-one-to

 

18. You at parties:

http://ugly.life/post/133860026711

 

19. When you have a different personality online:

http://pinch.tumblr.com/post/134080999865/largecoin-me-online-me-irl

 

20. When you can relate to this on a spiritual level:

http://schwerdistheword.tumblr.com/post/115554294933/corpsin123-heathicorn-am-i-the-only-one-who

 

21. If this makes you really sad:

http://relatable-life-problems.tumblr.com/post/28873519115/my-shyness-has-ruined-some-good-opportunities

 

22. When you thought you were talking loudly but you weren’t:

http://freemyedgar.tumblr.com/post/124671093341/growingupshy

 

23. When THIS happens and you want to slowly die:

http://silly-slacker-person.tumblr.com/post/124783149421/growingupshy

 

24. When you find yourself in this situation far too often:

http://growingupshy.tumblr.com/post/129157084019/growingupshy

 

25. Hearing things like this:

http://varioustoxins.tumblr.com/post/124723349070/growingupshy

 

26. When you can’t get too excited about something:

http://kaedytheawesome.tumblr.com/post/50296301559/you-know-the-feeling

 

27. When you have to warn people about your shyness:

http://alonelygirlwithwifi.tumblr.com/post/134824556707/pvrisbrian-if-ur-gonna-date-me-u-gotta-be

 

28. That moment you have no idea what to do with yourself:

http://growingupshy.tumblr.com/post/124780291984/the-accuracy-though

 

29. Wishing you could do this:

http://stardropcrossing.tumblr.com/post/57373124341/i-honestly-envy-those-who-can-just-walk-up-to

 

30. You in crowds:

http://dinosrule90.tumblr.com/post/123074078590/being-surrounded-by-people-you-dont-know

 

31. If your idea of flirting is this:

http://sixela122.tumblr.com/post/83358791241/me-seductively-does-nothing-to-indicate-that-im

 

32. When you try to talk in class and everyone ruins it:

http://daysonmelancholyhill.tumblr.com/post/32701894775/that-awkward-moment-when-you-say-somthing-during

 

33. When someone acts like being shy is a choice:

http://katastrophicallynerdy.tumblr.com/post/37357119572/possibly-the-most-exhausting-thing-about-being-a

 

34. When even the most basic task freaks you out:

http://thissstuff.tumblr.com/post/124702524450

 

35. Then being mad at yourself for not going for it:

http://angelmbl.tumblr.com/post/134283954682/growing-up-shy-knowing-the-answer-to-a

Are you shy? Which of these Tumblr posts about being shy is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

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