I have always struggled with the social aspect of life. I get uncomfortable, and I talk too much or too little. For a while, I tried to change who I was; I studied acting and got a bachelor’s degree in communication, trying to force myself to get used to speaking with others.
Once I learned that I’m an introvert, I gave up acting and began writing, and now I’m pursuing my doctoral degree in clinical psychology. I still have a long way to go, but I feel good being who I am and doing what I am doing. I work well in a small group of people; if there is going to be more, I have to prepare myself, but now I know that that’s okay as well.
It is very important to know who you are and to accept it. Once you do that, you can start to find your way.