I invited Sylvia into my room.
she paused at the door when
she saw Sharon and Joy
already in my room. she looked at
me and smile. I really couldn’t
explain what that smile meant. she
walked into my room and greeted
Sharon and Joy.
“hi Sharon” they responded in
“you are here because of the
assignment right” Joy said to Sylvia.
“yes” she responded.
“Christian let’s start already. we are
now three.” Sharon said.
okay, let’s start. I’m ready.” I
we all went to my bed and sat. I
started the tutorial with them
without feeling nervous. They asked
questions from time to time and I
answered their questions perfectly.
when I was done, Sharon and Joy
stood up to leave while Sylvia
“are you not leaving?” Sharon asked
“I will. I just want Christian to
explain a particular topic to me
before leaving.” she answered
“okay then, see you in school
tomorrow” Sharon said
“see you too” Sylvia responded.
I followed Sharon and Joy to the
door and locked the door
immediately they left. I turned to
see Sylvia smiling broadly. I knewone
something was on her mind, but I
just couldn’t figure it. I walked back
to sit with her on my bed. I still
don’t know what Sylvia did to me
that has made me so confident
being with her. even sitting on the
same bed with her without being
she looked into my eyes with her
face still curved in a smile and I
held her gaze.
“so you invited me to your house
because you are nervous of being
alone in a room with Sharon and
Joy” she said.
I never expected her to realize I
actually invited her because of that,
but she seemed to be smarter than I
“yes, that was actually why I invited
you” I confessed
she stood up from my bed and
walked to the door. she stopped
halfway and turned to face me.
“let’s go” she said.
“go where?” I asked
“don’t ask. just stand up and let’s
go.” she said
I turned my gaze to the wall clock
and realized it was already 9:45pm.
where can we be going to by this
time. I was feeling reluctant to
stand up. she walked back to me,
drag me up from my bed and led
me out of my room. I didn’t know
where she was taking me to, but I
just quietly followed her.
It was when I heard the loud sound
of music booming from the speakers
hanging on the wall, that I realized
Sylvia actually brought me to a club
house. my heartbeat increased the
moment we set foot in that place. I
was really nervous. I hate being in
such places. The crowd and noise in
the place is doing no good to me. I
could feel my heart pounding in my
chest. if Sylvia had told me that this
was where we were actually coming
to, I’m sure I wouldn’t have come.
everyone seemed to be engaged in
one activity or the other. while
someone were seen on stage
dancing to the hot music booming
from the speakers, others were seen
drinking themselves to stupor.
Sylvia located an empty seat at the
far-left and we sat on it. she noticed
that I was nervous and held my
“look at me Christian” she said,
encouraging me to look into her
I held her gaze and we stared into
each other’s eyes.
“you don’t have to be nervous. I’m
here with you.” she said
yes, I don’t need to be nervous.
Sylvia is here with me. All will be
fine. I assured myself.
It was as if her words did magic to
me, because I became a bit relaxed.
“Christian” she called, with her eyes
still fixed on mine.
“you can overcome this. those
thought you always have in mind,
that discourage you from doing
what you wish to do are not real.
Your mind is only trying to play
tricks on you. Don’t always follow
what you have in mind. sometimes,
you just have to do the opposite of
what your mind is telling you. If
you always follow what you have in
mind, it will hinder you from
achieving great things in life. As an
introvert, your mind will discourage
you from doing both positive and
negative things. I believe you know
what’s right. you just have to do
what you believe is right and don’t
listen to what your mind is telling
you. sometimes you get discouraged
of doing things, because you don’t
want to make mistake. You always
want to do things perfectly.
Christian, we are humans, and
humans are bound to make mistake.
we are not perfect. so stop listening
to that voice that is discouraging
you from doing things you wish to
do, because you don’t want to make
mistakes.” she paused and took a
“Christian” she called, with her eyes
still fixed on mine.
“you don’t always have to bother
about what people might think
whenever you wish to do something.
that’s what is making you nervous.
you always think about what other
people may feel when you do things
you want to do. you always trouble
your mind thinking about what
others may have on their minds. the
truth is that, they might just be
worried about their own problem
and wouldn’t even care if you exist.
stop worrying about what others
have on their minds. it will only get
you nervous. Do things you wish to
do and stop bothering about others.
take for example. right now you are
nervous because you are in a
crowded place, but no one seems to
care about you. everyone seems to
be involved in one activity or the
other. you are only disturbing
yourself, when no one cares if you
exist.” she paused again and took a
“Christian you can overcome this”
“you just have to start now. little by
little you will overcome it. you won’t
even realize how or when you
suddenly became courageous to
speak in a crowd.”
I listened with keen interest as
Sylvia speaks. everything she said
about me was absolutely correct.
“thank you very much Sylvia. I’m
very grateful. you are one in a
million. I have heard all you said. I
will start doing things I wish to do
from now on” I said
“okay, but we can start from here”
“how?” I asked
“look at that lady over there” she
said, pointing to a direction.
I followed her direction and
realized she was pointing at a lady
sitting alone at the far-right. the
lady seemed to be drunk already.
“I have seen her. Do you know her?”
“I want you to approach her and get
her number” Sylvia said
“what!!!!” I exclaimed
“I don’t even know how to start a
conversation with a lady”
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