A new video uploaded to the Internet Thursday features "Glee" actor Harry Shum Jr. and offers those who are "in a shell" some encouraging words.
The video, which has already accumulated over half-a-million views on YouTube, is narrated by online performance artist and BuzzFeed EVP Ze Frank and tells the story of Harry — who is described as a boy that was "very, very shy."
Using Harry's life experiences, the video attempts to speak to a larger audience that may find themselves "in a shell."
"There are many things that can cause a person to recede, to look away from other people’s eyes, or to choose empty hallways over crowded ones," the narrator says. "Some shy people try to reach out, and try, and nothing seems to come back. And then there’s just a point where they stop trying."
[sharequote align="center"]"Some people describe this as receding into a shell, where the stillness hardens and protects."[/sharequote]
"Some people describe this as receding into a shell, where the stillness hardens and protects," Ze Frank continues. "But the eyes, even when they look down and away, are still watching, still looking for some way out, or in. Painfully shy."
The narration concludes with some encouraging words for those who may be in a difficult place right now.
[sharequote align="center"]"...after the danger is gone, after it has exhausted its use, you’ll find a way out."[/sharequote]
"If you, right now, are in a shell, you should know that you’re not alone," it says. "That there are many, many other people like you, and that there’s nothing wrong with you. It might even be necessary right now, it might keep you safe for a time. But after the danger is gone, after it has exhausted its use, you’ll find a way out."
"You may need help, you might need to work pretty hard. You may need to find some ways to laugh at yourself. Or find a passion or friend. But you will find it. And when you do, it will be so good to see you," the narration concludes. "This is Harry. As a boy, Harry was very, very shy."
The video has since garnered rave reviews on YouTube.
"I thought this was beautiful," one individual commented.
"Wow," wrote another. "This is so amazing. I'm stunned."
"Very interesting and powerful," wrote yet another.
Watch the viral video:
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