As a teenager, it’s so essential to have a few really good friends (or maybe just one or two even). Someone who can accept you for who you really are. Someone who will not judge you. Someone who will be there for you. Being a teenager can be really difficult. You need someone who will always have your back.
Having a great friend is a truly amazing thing. Someone you can make playlists for. Someone you can sit around and have coffee with and just talk for hours. Someone who understands what you are going through and is going through some of the same things. Someone you can always rely on.
While it’s good to have friends who are like you, don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot have platonic friends of the opposite sex. It’s also really nice to have friends who have a slightly different experience than you do, whether that means they are of a different ethnicity or sexual orientation or they are disabled or from a different cultural background. Friends are great for doing things together, but friends are also great for teaching each other a little bit about their own lives and helping each other to grow into stronger people.
If you are a shy person and talking to people can be difficult, you should try and push yourself outside of your comfort zone enough to get to know people who seem nice to you. I guarantee you that you will not regret it when you make a good friend. Then you can have someone to go to the movies with or someone to sit with at lunch, someone to laugh with or dance with, someone to try new things with, someone to talk to when you are going through difficult things.
There are many different types of love. Good friends are like family, and the more love we all have in our lives, the better. This is why it can be so essential to make new friends. So if there’s someone who seems interesting in your Chemistry class and you’ve been meaning to ask her to hang out sometime, you should go for it. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain.