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The hardest thing in this life, ‘is to truly be accepted for who you really are.’ To allow yourself to open up to another human being, be willing to be vulnerable – taking a chance of not being accepted after all of that can be truly devastating to most people. So, people rather hide, shield themselves, insulate themselves from being rejected from the pain that would ensue. It is human nature. Very few of us would probably open ourselves up to that sort of exposure just at the beginning. But, in order for the relationship to go anywhere – via friendship or otherwise, one must take the chance and go out on a limb, not exposing everything at once, but a little at a time and see how it goes.