The way, as a kid, I used to just walk up to people and say, “Hey, you wanna be friends?“
Now, there’s all this adult protocol that must be followed.
Nobody ever said, “No.”
Kids always wanna be friends with everybody.
USED TO DO
Just run right over to somebody & go, “Let’s play!“
Kids & adults alike, they always smiled and jumped right in.
They didn’t look me over first to asses whether my physical appearance warranted their friendship.
They didn’t ask me what I do.
They didn’t care if I was wearing sandals without a pedicure, if my hair was wild & had a few twigs in it, if my lips were dyed red way outside the lip line from cherry popsicle juice.
If I held out my hand, flashed a wide grin with missing teeth, and lisped, “Leth be fwends!“, they immediately grinned back, took my hand & off we ran to play with abandon.
GOING TO DO NOW
Run up to someone & go, “Hey, wanna be friends?“
(I’ll let you know how that goes…)
How do you make new friends, now?