Now, I’m a guy who makes friends very, very easily. I’m incredibly lucky and thankful that that is the case and never take it for granted. However, for some bizarre reason before I began my first year at college I was unnaturally nervous that I wouldn’t make new friends.
Was I right? Definitely not! It took a while to become accustomed to my vast new group of friends, but there was something different about these friendships. I’m not for a second discounting all my previous friendships, I treasure them now and will do for the rest of my life. these new friendships, however, now that we are on the cusp of adulthood feel so much more serious and deeper.
That wasn’t always the case though as these new friendships of mine took a long time to manifest into something really worthy of being called a ‘friendship’. This all changed when I was invited to a ‘film night’ by one of my friends from drama. I must confess, as we weren’t very close friends and he just invited me out of what I assumed to be courtesy, I was somewhat apprehensive about going.
I am SO, SO overjoyed that i did go though. Not only did I get to bond with my fellow college students that our host had also invited, but he had also invited 3 of his friends who were currently going to university. I not only managed to solidify my friendships with my peers, but was able to MAKE new friends too!
If you’re starting at a new location soon (school, college, workplace etc.) or even if you’ve been at that location for ages, don’t shy away from taking the plunge. Please, engage with those around you and try and build new friendships, you’ll definitely be glad you made the effort!
Whilst making new friends is important, be sure not to forget the old ones. Hmmm, remembering old friends seems like it deserves a blog post entirely of its own…