Avoidance IS the best way to never move forward.
It was a therapist that presented me with the only two choices we ever really have: Stay where you are in life. Or use the resources you’ve been given to face your fear...and practice doing life differently.
I practiced asking strangers the time even if I knew it.
I practiced ordering food with my broken words - not by pointing at the menu.
Implementation is the enemy of stagnation.