I'm interested on how having no friends has affected other people.
In primary school I had a best friend who moved away when I was 7. It left me with no friends in primary scho and as a result no understanding of how to be friends with someone.
In secondary school I made a best friend but i never felt extremely close to her and she was the only friend I had. Although I was friendly to a lot of people in the class.
When I went to university I struggled to make friends. I had my roommates but unfortunately they stole off me towards the end of the first year (all chucked off their course and got criminal records) so it left me with literally no one! I made a friend here and there but no one I saw all the time.
The things I found hardest were:
Feeling the need to lie about what you had done at the weekend as you had been alone
Not being able to accept the rare invites to go out somewhere as you had no one to go with
Having your parents worried about you being lonely
If I wanted to invite someone to go clubbing I would sometime say me and a friend were going and then on the day my 'friend' wouldn't be able to make it. That's pretty sad but I didn't like to admit my situation.
I never celebrated my birthday with a party as I had no one but family to turn up!
The effect on self-esteem.
At the age of 25 I now have a lot of friends and seem to be popular. So I think it's was more circumstance than personality.
What do you find hardest about your friend situation? Or do you like having few friends?
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