I would just like to take a moment to let you know that your display of courage this weekend at the conference was both moving and respected. It brought a tear to my eye as I listened to and identified with many of the feelings that you were speaking of. Shyness has been something that I have also struggled with. Having been part of your audience many times, I would never have suspected that shyness has been part of your identity until you mentioned it.
You have earned the right to speak of shyness as part of your portfolio of personal traits that you have been able to cull out. You have earned the right to acknowledge that shyness is not something you own any longer. You have earned the right to refer to it as a place that you have come from on your journey that has made you the man you are. Well done! Congratulations.