He accepted me for what I am. And that, I have learned, is friendship.Data, Star Trek: The Next Generation
The best things in my life all come from making friends.
Growing up in a dysfunctional family, I learned how real life works mostly from people outside of my family. I learned what’s normal, and what is not. What you should take seriously, and what you should immediately forget.
I learned how what it’s like to be in a normal family—though you can argue no families are ‘normal’—just via anecdotes and observing how my friends behave on social settings.
As an adult, I still try to proactively make friends, or even luckily, some people try to be friends with me (too late to back out now sorry!). These relationships sometimes evolved to random gigs, unexpected career paths, and curiosity-sparking conversations ways of thinking. Friendship gives me a peek to a life so different than mine, and the courage to live it shall I choose to do so.
In this highly isolated online world, it’s way too easy to feel lonely. The good news is, it’s also easier to find people who are just like you, and want to connect with you.
All you have to do is reach out to them and say “hey can we be friends?” — You can make friends out of nothing at all.
You’re probably one email, one tweet, or one DM away from a life-changing friendship. Try it, nudge someone today.