Overcoming shyness in situations where I have made an acquaintance who is not yet a friend (as far as personal comfort goes).
I had made plans to go to Rama Navami celebrations with a friend. Her friend is a regular temple-goer, and has been very open and willing to share and guide and teach. My friend had to call in sick today, so it was up to me to decide what to do.
After much internal deliberation, I emailed her friend and cancelled (albeit with a semi-legitimate concern; ladies’ menses and temple-goings don’t always mix for some people, and this friend’s friend’s wife is one of those people). Now I feel like a noodlehead, even though a major factor in my decision was not wanting to offend anyone, even if nobody knew what was going on with me, personally.
(Sorry for all that personal stuff.)
Better luck next time, I suppose.