It can be intimidating to put yourself out there, especially if you’re worried about being judged or ridiculed by your peers.

But here’s the thing: it’s okay to be nervous or hesitant about trying new things. It’s completely normal to feel that way. The important thing is to remember that it’s okay to be yourself and to do what makes you happy, even if it means going against the crowd or taking a risk.

Think about it this way: if you don’t participate in an activity or event because you’re afraid of what your friends will think, you’re letting them have control over your decisions and your happiness. You’re also missing out on an opportunity to try something new and potentially develop a new skill or passion.

So try to have an open mind, and not worry about what your friends might say. You might discover that you love it, and that you’re good at it. And even if you don’t, you’ll still have the satisfaction of knowing that you took a chance and tried something new.

Remember, it’s okay to be afraid or nervous, but don’t let those feelings hold you back. Take a deep breath, remind yourself that you are worthy and capable, and give it a shot. You might be surprised at what you can achieve.