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The point I am trying to make is that the people that fall into this category are not social outcasts. They are not shy anti-social people. They are not rude in any way. They just like to quietly ponder on the things that come across their lives. To be quite honest, when people tell me "why don't you get more involved" or "please participate more", I do try my best, it just isn't that easy to be able to let go of that fear of "what if I say something wrong?" or "what if I embarrass myself?" This has been going on inside my head for many years, ever since I was in about 3rd or 4th grade till now.
As we grow older, we start to form more complex opinions about they way we are, the way we look, and the people around us, and I am no exception. Sometimes I just think to myself "why am I not as outgoing as that person?" But I do realize that the people around me may or may not be the loudest and the most outgoing, though at the same time may or may not be always right. Even the quietest of people might have better ideas. This is not to say that I am the brightest person in the world and I am being neglected, far from it. The point here is that we have developed a culture of judging people. I can remember when I was in 2nd grade, my teacher always used to walk around the library, always singing the same tune "Don't judge a book by its cover!" But why is it that as we grow older, we forget our old theories and start acting totally different?
It might sound like I am going off topic here, but I think it all leads back to the same point. People are entitled to their own opinions, but even though the quietest of people are often left unheard, they might have something to share, you know?