Don't Be AfraidI just had an epiphany. The less one fears, the less there is the need to fear.
By this I mean, I always had a fear that every new person would criticize me, judge me harshly (or, as i saw it- see my terrible flaws). As a result, whenever i met new people I was reserved and self conscious. This makes it hard for people to like me, as I am so closed off.
Now, after a series of life changing events, I have grown internally in a huge way. Now I have less irrational thoughts and better self esteem. When I meet new people I am more Open and less afraid. People warm to me more easily, and I have exponentially more friends. Life is good!