When I was in college, I was a waitress. Before becoming a waitress, I had been shy my whole life. A few years later, I wasn’t anymore.
It is still one of the best things I’ve ever done.
It was also the first job I was ever good at.
It was hard, though. When I first started working there, I wasn’t a waitress. I was a table busser. One of my jobs was to bring pitchers of water to the customers. I didn’t have to say anything, and the people at the tables barely noticed me, but my first week it was hard to do this. I knew it would get easier, though, and it did.
Soon, I got very good at that job and was very fast. Then, a few months later, my boss asked if I’d like to try bringing trays put to the tables. When she asked me, I wanted to say no, but I said yes without thinking about it too hard.
I was very nervous. The first time I carried a tray to a table and had to announce what each dish was, my voice was shaking. It was several days before that stopped.
Soon, I was an expert at that, too. I began to make good money and six months later, I was a waitress. And about a year after that, I was a really good waitress.
“Always do what you are afraid to do.” That is what Ralph Waldo Emerson said and I still think it’s one of the deepest things I’ve ever heard.