So, “stranger danger” can’t really be in my vocabulary anymore.
. . .
Remember when you were young, and your parents told you not to talk to strangers?
Well, that comes with a lot of terms and conditions, the biggest one being: Traveling.
P.S. I’m not talking about those creepy strangers in white vans (you should definitely fear them), I mean those people that you act shy around because you don’t really know them.
. . .
I mean, seriously, though, it’s crazy how many strangers I’ve spoken to while living here in Chile.
And, for me, even just talking to people I know is sometimes difficult, but living here for 3 months has taught me that I don’t have to be so scared because people are just people and they’re not all scary.
I’ve realized that the fear I had about talking to people was stupid; I learned to just talk to people without being scared or fear of being judged.
. . .
When I first got here, I was so nervous to meet my host-family (I thought they would hate me) and I was not at all confident in my Spanish (this didn’t help my nervousness).
But, after living here for 3 months, I’ve started to really get to know my host-family (they’re actually really nice) and I started to let the nerves go and start speaking to them and strangers in Spanish.
And, in doing those things, I’ve started to feel so much more confident when speaking to stranger and I’ve learned so much more Spanish.
At first, I was so scared of being judged for my accent in Spanish that I would barely even speak in a day. But, after a while, I started saying small sentences each day and eventually worked up the courage to start having conversations in Spanish. And, now I can actually say that I can “fluently” speak Spanish (I use fluently loosely because I still stumble with certain words, but for the most part, I can hold a successful conversation).
After getting over my fear of speaking to strangers, I had to get over my fear of being judged for my accent.
And, it hasn’t been easy, but definitely worth it because now, I can say that:
-I am no longer afraid to speak to strangers.
-I can officially speak 3 languages (some much better than others, but I can still understand and be understood in all 3).
. . .
So, all this to say that, if you ever fear public speaking (or just speaking to strangers), just remember the cliche sentence:
Nothing good ever comes from your comfort zone,
stepping out is the best decision you will ever make!
And, if you too are trying to learn a new language, here’s my best tip for you:
Learning a completely new language isn’t possible overnight,
it takes a lot of humiliation, work, perseverance and courage.
Those two things might be very difficult and seemingly impossible tasks, but, they are always worth working toward because they could change your life in so many ways.
So, next time you are faced with one of these situations, remember:
Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to go conquer your dreams!