From Our Readers: We Can Make Our Friendships Last Forever
Do you know who your true friends are? True friends are hard to find but it's worth searching the world just to find them. They are the people that we all hold on to and share almost the same feelings with.
As a teen, friends play quite a big role in our lives. Some of us are contented with a few close friends but others have huge number of friends. For us, the concept of having best friends and having your own barkada is necessary so we can share our lives and very important moments with them.
Together, real friends share happy and sad moments together, but most of the time it could just be the joy of being together. They are the one who understands, accepts, and respects you. People like to be assured that they can rely on someone during troubled times, that someone will still stick to them even with all the wrong decisions they made. A true friend is not only a good listener but also a good speaker. They encourage us to become stronger, tell us what's good in us without staying blind to our mistakes and weaknesses.
But there's no perfect friendship. We make mistakes, too, and even mistakes that will hurt each other. Yet true friends will stay by your side and don't bug you about your mistakes.
Some of us are interested in social activities and our own peer groups. At this age, we tend to spend more time with them than with our own families. But it's important to find friendships in our families, too, because they're the kind of friends who'll be with you for a lifetime. They will be your number one friends.
So how do you make friendships last forever? Make an effort to win them. Be kind to everyone. If someone befriends you, give the person a chance and get to know them well. Give them unconditional love. Open your minds and your hearts, so you can be that kind of friend for them, too.