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#EquestrianBlogtober Day 27: Things You May Not Know About Me.

Some of you who know me may find this hard to believe, but I have always been painfully shy. I was the child who hid behind her father's legs meeting new people. I still absolutely dread walking into a room full of strangers.

Pub scene with Ros Dobson with her back to the camera
I don't like photos of myself all that much, hence picking a back view. Not a situation I'm comfortable in.

If I arrange to meet friends in a pub I will always be a couple of minutes late so they are already there when I walk in. I find new places and new people absolutely exhausting, and I always have.

Which may make my other 'secret' seem strange, because I can sing. I have my Grade 7 voice, and have sung in, and won, competitions. I can stand on a stage in front of a room full of strangers and sing, but I can't walk around that same room and chat to the same people. Doesn't make sense does it?

I guess the reason is I am confident that I can sing, and that people enjoy listening when I do. I have no confidence in my ability to talk to people I don't know. I worry that they will be bored by me, unless they are horselovers, in which case I can talk to them for hours!

Ros Dobson chatting with Heather Marshall in the Grandstand at Badminton Horse Trials
Talking horses ay Badninton Horse Trials, with one of my favourite people.

Talking horses is different isn't it? Social chit chat however is a complete anathema to me.

I had a meeting this morning with a really lovely person who is going to kick me out of my comfort zone, in a nice way, and a bit of me is dreading her reading this because I've just been very honest, and handed her quite a bit of ammunition. Oh well, it's time my life changed, and she is going to guide me through, I hope.🤞

Writing these blogs through October has been very good for me. After too long away from work, struggling with pain and fatigue, I have had something to focus on every day. Something that is different, and new to me. I can now embed video clips as well as pictures in my Blog posts. You have seen my new logo, which I love, (thanks ByTwig) and now I have started working with a confidence coach.

What a difference a month makes!

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