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There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t yet met

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There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met. William Butler Yeats
Back when I was in kindergarten, I was so shy to the point that I would hide myself in the bathroom just so I wouldn’t have to talk to anyone. The girls in my class had already been friends since preschool so I was an outsider to them. To me, they were an unknown territory, like aliens.
After struggling with half a year of solitude, I eventually found myself paying more and more attention to another girl in the class. She seemed to stand out from the crowd but was able to become friends with that tight group. One day, after my mom told me about how important friends are, I approached the girl and asked her to teach me how to play with dolls. I noticed that the group enjoyed collecting dolls and sharing them during break so I thought that that would be an appropriate way to introduce myself to at least one of them.
To my surprise, she became extremely excited (it freaked me out a little at first) and literally dragged me into their little “social corner.” Although the rest of the girls were fairly pleasant, she was my first best friend and to this day, I still keep in contact with her. We are no longer that close, but since that day, I’ve felt more comfortable around people I didn’t know. Looking back, I believe that if I hadn’t approached them, I would never have gotten over my shyness that early.
They taught me that to become friends with someone is to approach a stranger and build the relationship over time. It might seem scary at first but try opening up to a few people you have never met before. They may be strangers now, but who knows? Maybe in just a few months or years, they will be your best friends. The first step is saying Hi. 
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2 thoughts on “There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t yet met

  1. I was so very shy when I was at school. Normally I would find a groups of friends to hang out with but making new friends or just talking to someone I don’t know very well was terrifying. Only got that out of my system when I went to university. Learning to simply say hi really is important. Everything becomes easier=)

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