When the word SHY is applied to people, it typically brings to mind someone who is fearful or hesitant, wanting to avoid the spotlight, a wallflower hiding on the sidelines. The shy person is quiet and timid in an effort to be overlooked, to stay safe. Of course, not all people who do not jump immediately into the fray are shy, or—more specifically—being shy shoes not always carry negative connotations. For some of us, what appears as a shy façade is merely us preferring solitude, being an introvert who does not clamor for the spotlight. A person who is comfortable with silence and reflection.
In the animal world, being shy is often attributed to animals who also do not jump eagerly into the spotlight. But maybe those animals we label shy, scared or timid are really being rather sane and sensible, even wise. After all, if you are out there in the open, you might become lunch for someone or something bigger and stronger.
As an introvert myself who happens to enjoy taking pictures, especially out in nature, I delight in catching glimpses of the shy animals that cross my path. But that does not happen real often. I do enjoy the challenge!
SOME QUOTES ABOUT BEING SHY
“Don’t try to be what you’re not. If you’re nervous, be nervous. If you’re shy, be shy.” Adriana Lima
“We are all ordinary. We are all boring. We are all spectacular. We are all shy. We are all bold. We are all heroes. We are all helpless. If just depends on the day.” Brad Meltzer
“It is a good idea to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presence may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought.” James Douglas
“Soft is the music that would charm forever. The flower of sweetest smell is shy and lowly.” William Wordsworth
“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experience.” Emerson
“I’m not shy. I’m just very good at figuring out who’s worth talking to.” Anonymous
“Some of us are timid. We think we have something to lose so we don’t try for that next hill.” Maya Angelou
“People think I am shy because I do not talk or participate much in conversations; truth is I don’t really give a damn what they’re talking about.” Anonymous
This “Are You Shy?” post is my entry for Nancy Merrill Photography’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Shy.