I wasn’t always a shy person. As a kid, I never stopped talking and was often the lead in school plays, but then puberty hit and it’s like my polarity reversed. I became the girl who sat and read a book during recess when she wasn’t using the time to get ahead on her homework.
In my defense: I wasn’t “brown-nosing,” but it was actually an early sign of my natural inclination toward efficiency. If I did the homework at recess, it meant I didn’t actually have to do anything at home.