Story time! Anyone who knows me well knows that I am not the biggest fan of character meet and greets. Having to think about what to do and say in front of characters I love just fills me with an unbearable amount of anxiety and fear and I usually end up either watching other people get their greet on from a distance or skip it all together.
Last night, I went on a solo trip to the park sporting a new dress I had been dying to buy for months and it made me feel so good to finally be wearing it that I thought, “Hey! Why not meet Captain America in this little number? It’s vaguely from his era. Maybe he’ll like it.” I entered the short queue for his meet and greet and immediately started getting super anxious. I was having a hard time breathing, I was shaking like mad, and my heart felt like it was going to burst out of my chest. By the time I was the second person in line, I nearly said forget it and bolted because I was having such a difficult time staying calm. But I was determined not to let fear stop me this time and I forced myself to stay.
When my turn came, I tried to focus on Cap’s boyish grin and gentle voice instead of how much of a mess I was. I told him I was nervous because I’d never met a superhero before and he told me not to worry and that he had been waiting to tell me how much my dress and hair made me look like Peggy and how much it meant to him when I said I was a big fan of hers. We talked about how fun spending time alone can be and jazz and dancing with an ease I didn’t even know I was capable of.
I know it’s silly to get so worked up about a character meet and greet, but meeting Cap (solo, no less) was a huge step out of my comfort zone. I’ve been working really hard this year on trying to be braver and more confident in myself and I am very proud of myself for sticking this one out.
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