"I want to resume the life of a shy person." Garrison Keillor
"Shyness is a kink in the soul, a special category, a dimension that opens out into solitude. Moroever, it is an inherent suffering, as if we had two epidermises, and the one underneath rebelled and shrank from life. Of the things that make up a man, this quality, this damaging thing, is a part of the alloy that lays the foundation, in the long run, for the perpetuity of the self."
Pablo Neruda, 'Memoirs'
Photo: The Touch-Me-Not plant, my nickname at school :)
"The biblical Latin phrase Noli me tangere which appears in John 20:17 is translated as "Touch me not"."