The key to lasting friendship is to open up your heart, says this Unicef HK Make a Video competition entry

Growing up is not easy, but if resisting change is stopping you from making progress in life, you need to learn to embrace it


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Take the first step to true friendship by opening up your heart.

Puberty can be a tough time for teenagers. Aside from the physical changes they go through, they also experience a number of mental, emotional and social changes.

And as if that isn’t enough to deal with, for a lot of teens, puberty will hit the same time they enter secondary school, so they also have to adapt to a new school environment.

It’s common for teens to want to resist these changes, and many will close themselves up from the rest of the world to avoid dealing with them. Change isn’t always fun, but not making any progress in life is worse.

My entry for Unicef HK’s Make A Video competition starts with a young boy who asks his classmates to study or play video games with him, but is unsuccessful. His classmates turn him down and he walks away disappointed.

No one wants to be his friend and he feels really lonely. Suddenly, a book titled A Guide to Making Friends appears out of nowhere. He reads it cover to cover, and before he knows it, a girl invites him to hang out with her.

He quickly makes a lot of friends at the playground and they happily take pictures together. He learned that all you have to do is to be sincere and open your heart to people. One of the most beautiful qualities of friendship is to be understood by another person.

I want to be like the boy in the video. I admire his persistence in his journey to making friends. Although he struggled at first, he did not give up and sought advice on ways to improve. In the end, his hard work paid off and he was able to get what he wanted.

Edited by Nicole Moraleda

Unicef HK’s “Make A Video” competition gives young people a chance to express themselves. The project is co-organised by the Hong Kong Arts Centre’s IFVA, with support from Hang Seng Bank and Young Post. Check out the videos here. Email your feedback here.

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