I am quite possibly the most awkward, insecure, overwhelmed friend of all time.
My husband has had to actually convince me that someone was my friend (on multiple occasions)– I have an incredible amount of insecurity when it comes to friendships. Where this stems from I’m not sure. I have amazing friends, really I do, but that wasn’t always the case. This isn’t about them however. This is me and my self-awareness on friendship.
I want to know, why we instantly bond with the drunken girls in the bathroom (tell me you’ve never done it…) yet we have a hard time connecting in the “real world”. Why do we continually walk this fine line between friendly and friendship? What is the tipping point that makes us besties for life?
As my husband, likes to remind me, girls are weird. We're complicated, we're opinionated, and while we are incredibly deep, we can also be insecure and shallow. We will never be defined, and perhaps that’s where the boundaries of friendship can get a little fuzzy.
Early in friendships I have found myself over compensating by hosting lavish brunches, covering dinner to make people like me (and make sure they come) – when really, often they already do. Or sometimes they don’t, and what I am slowly realizing is – that is OK
One of my favorite sayings of late is, “You will be too much for some people. Those aren’t your people” (I’ve seen many different versions of this attributed to many different people, I’ve lost count, so if you know the original author PLEASE tell me) and oh how true this is. Why are we forcing these friendships? Why are we so upset when everyone doesn't want to be our bff ?
It can be difficult to walk away from someone you think should be your friend. I get it. You’re in the same “place in life”, you have similar interests, your significant other/dog/children get along - but you just don’t click. Girl, bye. Make small talk at the next neighborhood BBQ, be polite at the dinner party, grab coffee while the kids play, but DO NOT force it.
Here is where the self-preservation kicks in, be open and willing to accept new friendships, but know you do not need to accept all of them. You are not Nutella, you cannot please everyone.
My need to make sure everyone is ok, everyone is happy, everyone likes each other forgot one very important person. I forgot to check in with myself. Am I ok? Am I happy? Do I even like this person?
Connecting with someone that is invested in your friendship as much as you are, that values and respects you unconditionally is such a rare and awesome experience. I am working on setting my “friendship boundaries” and also being more open to people outside my “we should be friends” circle.
XOXO | SLL