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Little things remind me all the time.
For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"
It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?
I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.
Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.
I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.
I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.
Dear teacher that I used to love,
I used to love going to your classes in elementary school.
I used to love the after school activities that you would have.
I used to love coming over spending the night (since I became friends with your daughter).
I loved all the new things everyone introduced me to.
I loved how you would let me stay for a week because the snow wouldn't stop.
But somehow that all began to change...due to one little incident.
It was a misunderstanding, but how it was dealt with at the beginning was not right.
Calling out a high schooler when your the adult also is not the right way
Calling them out on social media is never the right way to deal with things, no matter the situation.
It hurt me that you felt that way about me, and the things that were said on that post hurt.
So when you apologized to me one day about it, and then asking me to come and join an activity like nothing ever happened.
At that time I couldn't forgive because I was still hurt and angry by everything that happened.
From that post it told me how you felt about me, over something that was miscommunicated. But because we had slightly different views on things that worsened things in my opinion.
Sure did I comment on somethings saying my opinion on things? Yes. But it was just to bring in information that most people didn't fully understand, not to bring you down.
Now today if I see you in public sometimes we say hi, but not so much anymore.
I see on social media that you comment on other students accomplishments in school or in life.
But whenever I post something about my life, or an article I get nothing. And honestly, it hurts a lot.
I would think I would at least get a like, but honestly I feel that anything I post doesn't even get looked at.
I have moved passed that post. The hurt is still there though.
Your former elementary school student