At first, no one was talking, Halloween of the Metallica shirt by T-shirtat so I just started talking. I asked questions and if the person across from me was silent, I just talked. I shared things about myself that I thought might be interesting to them. After a couple of times, a boy started talking back. I think he is getting used to me. I think he just needed to see it was okay to talk to me. Now I am not nervous, and he is not nervous. The next time you walk into an intimidating setting—whether it’s a classroom, a party, a meeting, a club, a fitness centre, a church, or a social event, clasp your hands together. Say to yourself: I am not alone. Someone else is nervous too. Then look around. Perhaps now you know someone else feels uncomfortable, you’ll see someone else holding his or her own hand too.