Have you ever watched kids make friends? It's fascinating. They just run up to one another and say HI! and find an instant commonality in their toys, what they're wearing, their parents, whatever, and they play, smile, laugh, and they're friends. That's it. That's all it takes.
Can you imagine if we, as adults, made friends like kids?
Scene: Busy NYC street. 9AM
Man 1: Wow! Hi! I like your briefcase!
Man 2: Yeah! Thanks! Oh look! You've got one just like mine!
Man 1: Isn't that awesome? Where do you work?
Man 2: I work on Wall Street!
Man 1: My dad worked on Wall Street! We should have lunch together!
Man 2: We should! I like bananas! Do you have a Grandma?
Man 1: My Grandma made banana bread! We should have bananas for lunch!
Man 2: Will you come to my house for a party?
Man 1: A party?!? I love parties! Will there be cake?
Man 2: Lots of cake! With sprinkles! You should come!
Scene: Hair salon
Woman 1: OMG! You use the pink curlers, too?
Woman 2: I do! I love the pink curlers! They're so great!
Woman 1: I love them too! Do you go to the tea shop?
Woman 2: There's a tea shop? I love tea! Mango is my favorite.
Woman 1: Mine too! Except mango made me throw up so now I like tangerine!
Woman 2: We should totally go together!
Woman 1: Yeah! And we should get some suckers! I love suckers!
Woman 2: Oh, did you see my pink shoes? I love pink.
Woman 1: Me, too. I have pink shoes, too! We should be friends!
Woman 2: OK!
Isn't it sad that we let things like what we're wearing, what we weigh, our skin color, our political beliefs, our religions, our assumptions, get in the way of the friendships we have yet to make and may never make? Kids have it so easy. There's nothing standing in their way.