Today is R UOK? day. It is a day dedicated to inspiring everyone to regularly ask each other “are you ok?” This might seem a really simple message, but ask yourself this, when did you last ask someone if they were ok?
I am actually quite a shy person. This may come as a surprise to many, but I’m what is known as a shy extrovert. I love being with people and get my energy that way, but I’m still actually quite shy and have had to learn to have an outgoing personality. Doing drama at highschool was fantastic for me, it gave me a whole heap of resources which enable me to overcome my shyness to be a part of the social situations which make me happy.
However, there are still plenty of times when my shyness comes out and asking if someone is ok is one of those situations. I find that there is something confronting for me in asking that question, almost like I’m intruding on their privacy, but those times when I have overcome my inner shyness to ask the question have invariably resulted in some really great conversations and a few times in me being able to really help someone.
R U OK? Day is a great reminder for me that this is a really important question and one I shouldn’t hesitate from asking, even when my shyness tries to get the better of me.
R U OK?