The other day I met some really awesome people at the most random place ever. I went to a break dance club meeting, which is not like me at all. However, I had a blast. The music was loud and the people were extremely nice and welcoming. Everyone was breaking (the term break dancers use to describe their dancing) and laughing, having such a great time. They were so nice to me, and it was the most unexpected place for me to be but I ended up meeting some great people who are becoming my friends.
My best friend does breakdancing and she invited me to one of her meetings. At first I was skeptical because I thought I would just feel awkward and I have no rhythm at all so I knew I was not going to dance. I didn’t want to feel out of place or in the way there. I met all of her friends from the club and they were so welcoming and fun that I forgot about being nervous and just enjoyed being there. I felt like they actually wanted me there and that was such an awesome feeling, especially since I was so anxious to go there in the first place.
I think everyone gets that anxiety built up about going to a new place and meeting new people. This happens especially when you’re going to a club meeting for the first time and you may only know one person. It’s hard to get adjusted to that new setting, but once you’re at the right club with people that are just like yourself, it makes all of that anxiety go away. The only way I have found to get rid of that anxiety is to face it head on and practice being the “new” person. By practicing being the “new” person, I mean opening yourself up to new opportunities and allowing yourself to be comfortable in your own skin.
I always try to remember that at one point everyone felt the way I did when I first joined that new club or job which usually helps my anxiety go down as well. Being at West Chester University, I am constantly faced with new challenges like this and it just makes me become more comfortable with myself. I usually try to remember why I am going to that meeting or event and then take it from there. When I went to the break dance club for the first time to take pictures I felt so comfortable almost immediately because of the open arms they showed me. I am thankful for these opportunities and for being able to make new friends and meet new people.