The past week I’ve been reconnecting with some old friends and it got me feeling nostalgic. Being an idealist, I can’t help but romanticize friendships and memories.
Post-graduation, I chose to sacrifice my social life so that I could focus on my career. I definitely feel like I’m at a different place in my life now, where I’ve grown to have more appreciation of the quality of friendships I have over quantity.
In my younger years, being misunderstood amongst my peers was a key factor in inhibiting me from getting close to others. I really struggled with the emotional need to be understood and it caused me to feel distant from some of my friends since I thought they didn’t “get” me.
Fast forward to this current time, that is no longer the case. By having more security of who I am, I neither seek social approval nor feel this void to be understood. I realized it isn’t vital to have others understand you, but that you need to discover who you are and have self-acceptance. I appreciate the variety of friendships I was able to experience throughout my life and how each friendship entailed different stories and learning lessons.
In life, just be yourself because the right people will gravitate to you.