If you had known me before 2001, I was a different person. I was shy and very insecure. I don't know why. I struggled with it for years. If I was in a store and couldn't find what I needed, I would leave without finding it rather than ask. It was pretty pathetic.
Then I turned 40. I don't know if something just snapped into place or what, but it seems that overnight, I lost that feeling of panic when talking to others. I'm not afraid to ask for things anymore. Not long ago, I was in a grocery store and spoke to a total stranger. As we walked away, my daughter Wendy asked me, "Who are you and what did you do with my mother?" In my 30's, I would never have taken a position as a temp. That would have been torture for me. Yet, now I did it and I loved it.
I like the new me more. I just wished that I had figured this out years ago.