If you are shy then chances are you don't have a lot of confidence and that lack of confidence can hinder you from experiencing a lot of things the world has to offer. Thankfully, the times that we live in make it a little bit easier to make friends even if you are shy. You may turn to social media in order to make friends.
Perhaps texting or messaging online will be easier at first than face to face meetings. There are a lot of things that you can do with your friends online. However, you should not use this as a crutch forever. After you get to know people online and feel comfprtable with them you meet with them in person and start hanging out. You migth find that a bit of your shyness recedes.