Daily post: Public speaking?

Are you comfortable in front of people, or does the idea of public speaking make you want to hide in the bathroom? Why?

Me? Public speaking? That’s akin to asking the wallpaper to burst into song.

Not that it was always this way. I did go to drama school, after all, and there was a time when I almost became the fun-loving extrovert Geminis are assumed to be. But it was brief. These days, I wouldn’t need to hide in the bathroom. I wouldn’t be there in the first place. Bolshie and outspoken as I may seem on paper (or on the screen, if you want to nitpick), at social events (other than family) I shrivel and die.


I could map the evolution of my cowardice through the labyrinths of my life, but really, who cares? Being a semi-hermit is blissfully peaceful.


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5 Responses to Daily post: Public speaking?

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  4. Hi Helen Have you written elsewhere about your choice to live in solitude? About your “hermitude.” “Off the grid” so to speak? Little by little, I see that I might be heading in that direction, out of sheer inertia. And I’m not sure what I think about it.

  5. Hi Maggie. I’ve mentioned it here and there as a fact, but not at any length. it was certainly a conscious choice, but probably inevitable one way and another. Inertia may have played a part – the confident facade was exhausting! – but the longer I’m here, the more I realise what a relief it is not to be fighting a constant battle with the entrenched conviction of my own social stupidity.
    It’s not something I’d air honestly on a blog, but I’m happy to talk about it if you want to contact me directly hm.swr@optusnet.com.au

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