Everyone gave the guy on
stage a big round of applause
when he was done. he walked
back to sit on the seat he was
The M.C went back on stage
with a book in his hand.
“that was a great speech” the
“now the next student on the
list is Christian Owen”
My heart paused immediately I
heard my name. I slowly stood up and walked to the stage. I turned and face the crowd. thousands of eyes were staring at me. my heart was pounding.
Christian you can do this. I assured myself. Christian be focus. I said to myself. I stared from one person to the other in the auditorium. my eyes suddenly caught Sylvia sitting at the back seat. she was staring deeply at me. she stood up from her seat and walked to the front. she located a seat in a spot where I could get a clearer view of her and sat down. she fixed her gaze on me but she wasn’t smiling. I could get a clearer view of her from where I was standing. she was wearing a blue skirt and a white top. her white top had the words ‘you can do it’ inscribed on it.’ I needed no one to tell me that she purposely wore that top just to encourage me. even when she’s angry with me, she still came to encourage me. I couldn’t hide the smile on my face. I was smiling broadly. though, she didn’t smile, but she never took her gaze off me. Sylvia is truly one in a million. sometimes, you wouldn’t know how valuable someone is to you, until you have lost that person. Sylvia is more than valuable to me. I wouldn’t know what my life would become if I lose someone like Sylvia. it will be very regrettable. I better set things straight before it’s too late. I will surely go to her immediately after this event and clear things up. the words that were inscribed on her dress boost my confidence.
‘thank you Sylvia for being there for me’
I turned my gaze away from her and faced the crowd with confidence.
I started by recognizing the presence of the minister of finance, the minister of education, the vice chancellor of the university, and every other high profile individuals in the auditorium. without wasting any time, I went straight to my reason of standing there. I spoke courageously. I didn’t miss a single word I had memorized. I didn’t paused for a second. I delivered the speech with confidence.
Everyone in the auditorium gave me a standing ovation when I was done. I felt on top of the world. the smile on my face was visible. I needed no one to tell me that I did a very good job. if I could stand in front of a large crowd like this and speak confidently, then there is no where I couldn’t stand to speak. if I could start a conversation with the lady I saw in the faculty of engineering, and also maintain a conversation with the lady I saw at the garden of eden, then there is no lady I can’t speak to. if I could be in a company of ladies like Sylvia, Sharon, Kate, Joy, among other and still interact freely with them, then I think I’m no longer that shy guy . there is still one thing left for me to do, and I will surely do it once I leave this stage.
I turned my gaze to where Sylvia was sitting and saw her leaving the auditorium. so she actually came here just for me. even when she was angry with me, she still came to support me. I need to set things straight right now or I might never get another opportunity.
I left the stage and followed the direction Sylvia took. I went outside the auditorium but couldn’t find Sylvia. I search in all the corners outside the auditorium but still couldn’t find her. maybe she would have gone home already. I have to go to her place and set things right. I have no reason to remain in the auditorium. I have already delivered my speech so I’m free to go. I need to be at Sylvia’s place right now. I have this fear that I might not have the opportunity to set things straight again if I waste anymore time.
I quickly rushed to the bus park. I took a bus that will convey me directly to Sylvia’s house.
I got to her place and stood beside her door. I prayed silently that things should go well. I knocked softly on the door but didn’t get any response. I knocked again and waited patiently for her to open the door. she opened the door a minute later. she glared at me when she realized I was the one at the door. she wanted to lock the door back but I quickly held the handle of the door and prevent her from locking it. she tried to forcefully remove my hand from the door handle but couldn’t. after several attempt, she finally left the door opened and walked into her room. I entered her room and saw her facing the wall. she was backing me. I walked to her and stood behind her.
“Sylvia I……..” I paused as I couldn’t find the right word to say.
I held her right hand from behind but she forcefully freed her hand from my hold.
“don’t touch me” she barked.
I tried to hold her again but she refused
“I’m warning you, don’t touch me” she barked again.
I stood silently behind her, not knowing what to do next. after a while of silence, I finally spoke.
“don’t call me” she cut in immediately.
I didn’t know what next to do. I stood behind her without saying a word. when she wouldn’t turn to face me, I decided to do it my way.
I quickly grabbed her hand, turned her forcefully to face me, drew her closer to myself and hugged her. she froze immediately I did that. she stared at me open-mouthed and couldn’t say a word. I didn’t take my gaze off her. we stared intensely at each other. after a while of silence, I finally spoke.
“I can’t hide it anymore. my heart might just explode if I continue keeping it to myself. I have to let it out” I paused and stared deeply at her.
“I love you Sylvia” I let it out
she stared at me with so much emotion. her face suddenly curved in a smile. she drew closer to me and wrapped her hands round my neck.
“I love you too Christian. I love you so much” she responded.
we stared silently at each other. her hands were still wrapped around my neck.
“I am…….” I wanted to speak but she quickly hugged me. all other things that transpired between us in her room, should be left for the imagination. I knew very well that once I leave her place, I would no longer be that shy guy.
I won’t say that I have totally overcame shyness, but one thing I know for such is that, I would no longer be that shy guy who couldn’t speak in crowd, who couldn’t talk to ladies and who couldn’t do things he wish to do. because all that would be a thing of the past.
if someone as shy as Christian could control his shy nature, then there’s no one that can’t control his. atleast to a level that it won’t affect their social life. don’t allow that negative voice to always dictate how you leave your life. don’t allow that voice to affect your social life. when you feel like doing something, do it without listening to that negative voice. if you love a lady, tell her how you feel. don’t be scared of rejection. if you couldn’t tell a lady you love how you feel about her, you will only regret it later. if you love a lady and couldn’t tell her how much you love her, then you are selfish. do you know what those words could do to that lady’s life, if only you can tell her. don’t limit yourself.
being an introvert does not limit you from achieving your dream. it is believed that introverts are deep thinkers. if only you can bring those things you have in mind to reality, the world would be better than this. the world needs you. the world needs to hear from you. don’t just leave those great things you have in mind to remain in your mind, just because you are scared of failure. bring it to reality. Everything you see in the world today, was once in someone’s mind. the cars, plane, buildings and every other things you see today, was once an imagination of people which they chose to bring to reality. if those people decided not to bring what they have in mind to reality, then this things wouldn’t have been in existence.
don’t limit yourself. the world needs to hear from you. don’t allow that talent of yours to be wasted because you think you won’t succeed if you give it a try. you won’t know how good you are at something until you give it a try. don’t allow your shy nature to limit your potential. you are born to be great. be great!!!!
make sure you just don’t read this story, work on yourself, aim to be great and you will be great.