Inse’s family had moved to a new town, and he had to start a new school. He felt nervous and insecure about making friends. As he entered the classroom, he saw the other students chatting and laughing with each other. He felt like an outsider, and his insecurity grew.
During recess, Inse stood alone by the playground, watching the other kids play. He wished he could join in, but he was too scared to approach anyone. Curity, noticing Inse’s loneliness, came over to him.
“Hey Inse, what’s going on?” Curity asked.
“I don’t know. I just feel like I don’t belong here,” Inse said, his voice trembling.
“I know how you feel. I was in your shoes once. But you know what helped me make friends? Being myself and approaching others,” Curity said, smiling warmly.
Inse looked at her in surprise. “Really? That’s all it takes?”
Curity nodded. “Yes, it may be scary at first, but if you show others who you really are, they’ll appreciate it. And if you’re friendly and approachable, they’ll be more likely to approach you too.”
Inse thought about it for a moment. “Okay, I’ll try,” he said, determined.
With Curity’s encouragement, Inse took small steps towards making friends. He started by smiling at the other kids and saying hello in the hallway. He joined in group activities during class and asked questions during lessons. He also shared his interests with others and listened to their stories.
At first, Inse felt awkward and insecure, but as he continued to make small efforts, he began to feel more confident. He realized that he had unique qualities that others appreciated, and he didn’t need to pretend to be someone else to fit in.
One day, during recess, Inse saw a group of kids playing a game he liked. He hesitated for a moment, then took a deep breath and approached them.
“Hey, can I join you guys?” Inse asked, his heart pounding.
The other kids looked at him for a moment, then one of them smiled and said, “Sure, come on in!”
Inse felt a rush of happiness and relief. He had made his first friends in the new school. He looked over at Curity, who was watching from a distance, and gave her a thumbs up. She smiled back, proud of him.
From that day on, Inse continued to make new friends and build connections. He learned that being himself and approaching others with kindness and openness was the key to building strong relationships.