The thing that surprised me most of all: How quickly and easily I got intimidated! It floored me... and I found myself withdrawing... being quiet and simply observing instead of fully participating! It seemed that I was surrounded by pros... with REALLY nice cameras and it felt like I was the only one who didn't already shoot on Manual all the time! I was disappointed in myself ...I was surprised! (Ha - my OneWord for this year!) I KNOW that that was not true... others were struggling too... but even if they weren't - I let myself get intimidated and I missed out on some hands on training... after all, I paid to be there, and if I was actually surrounded by Pro's - I should have taken advantage of that!
I am determined to not only be comfortable in who I am here - online - but also anywhere, in real life! I am now looking for the next time I am tempted to shrink back... and praying that I remember that it is not a bad thing to admit that I don't know it all. Because, in fact, I do not!!! No matter what the topic... I can learn from you and you can learn from me and it would do me good to remember that!
What scenarios do you find yourself intimidated by? Please tell me I am not alone!