Everyone has an asshole friend, I just happen to be one.

Being The Asshole Friend is hard

Friendship isn't always easy, but it's even harder when you know you're the asshole friend.

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Every friendship is different, and it's important to know the boundaries within each friendship, but I usually start to notice that I'm almost always the asshole friend. If you relate to this, you probably know the feeling I'm talking about. I'm not saying that it's always worse to be this type of friend because it does have perks, but as the asshole friend, you know right off the bat that some type of people can't handle this friendship.

Being the asshole friend is hard. Having to monitor your sensitivity, or lack thereof, or even force yourself to fake being more sensitive can be exhausting. If you're being an idiot and texting your ex-boyfriend all the time, I won't be the one to tell you it's okay. I'll be the one to tell you that you're being an idiot and to move on. Tough love, baby.

As I previously said, when you know you're the asshole friend, you also have to know that some friendships won't last because of it. Now this usually goes back to the sensitivity thing, but sometimes it's because of other issues such as other people's opinions, not fitting in, or even feeling different themselves. You ever hang out with an asshole and realize you're becoming an asshole, too? That's not for everyone.

Some friendships don't last because their other friends don't like you. As the common friend, it's hard to keep every friend happy when the only thing they have in common is you. Sometimes you won't make the cut, and that's hard. But it's not the end of the world, and as the asshole friend, you probably know this.

Personally, the thing I've found that causes the most problems other than sensitivity would definitely be the sense of humor, which I guess goes hand-in-hand with sensitivity. It was a real shocker to find out not everyone wants to hear your demented jokes, and it was incredibly hard learning to not laugh at super messed up stuff I would hear. Asshole friends are the funniest friends, and I'm tired of my sensitive friends not being okay with that! Just kidding. Kind of.

Realizing a joke isn't going to go over well is probably one of my favorite things though. You know when you start to say something funny, but in a really dry, sarcastic tone, and you just know you didn't read the room right and no one is about to laugh? That's actually one of my favorite things. It's almost funnier when you're still going strong with this joke, and you can just see the confused faces around you while you're still confidently saying something that probably should've stayed in your head.

Jokes that don't go well with your sensitive friends are even better content for your other asshole friends. Not only will the joke go over well, but the story about how you completely made a fool of yourself while previously telling the joke will be even funnier than the original joke itself.

While being the asshole friend isn't always easy, it does have certain perks. For example, you always have your friends' backs. Not everyone can stand up for themselves, but we can stand up for you. Another perk is that you won't ever have to worry about if we are lying. We don't lie because we don't care to. Why do something if you can't be honest about it? Even if it might hurt your feelings, I'll still tell you the truth.

The asshole friend is also usually very accepting. You want to get wild? Go for it. You want to sit in your car and cry? Go for it. We're used to being judged more than others, so we won't judge you for doing whatever you need to do to be happy.

Learning to monitor yourself isn't always easy, and it definitely isn't always worth it. If you're finding that you constantly can't be yourself around someone, drop them. No matter what kind of friend you are, you always have to do what's best for you and your happiness.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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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.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Finding Your Niche In College Starts With Finding You

Attempting to be someone you are not for the sake of having company only hurts you in the long run.

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Transitioning to college is hard enough, but trying to find a place where you feel "at home" can make this time even more stressful. Here are some tips on how to find that place/group of people that make you feel like sunshine.

I have always felt a little out of place wherever I went, but it wasn't until college that I realized that this feeling was so special and more people should capitalize on their differences rather than conforming to a certain mold. Transitioning to college and finding your place among so many people can be very overwhelming. The added stress of attempting to be someone you aren't for the sake of having company adds a whole other layer to this problem. The easiest thing for me to do in any situation like this is trying to make the setting a little smaller. One of the most obvious ways to do this on a college campus is by getting involved!

It is inevitable that within the first few weeks of the semester at any college, there will be an organization fair. This is a chance to scope out all that your school has to offer! Chances are there will be some type of group or club that lines up with your interests. Most college campuses have extracurricular opportunities ranging from social sororities and fraternities, professional ones, intermural sports, vocal groups, and so many more. You are more than likely going to find some type of organization that you can call home if you seek them out. Joining an organization is such an easy way to interact with people with similar interests. An interest can bring two completely different people together and create some beautiful friendships. It is situations like this where it is important to be your authentic self and mingle with those you share something with.

That being said, finding your place in college isn't always about being involved. Getting involved on campus is just one of the simplest ways to start. There are so many other opportunities on campus to meet people whether it be among others in your residence hall, people in your classes, or just people you find yourself stumbling upon! Finding people to spend your time with is easy; however, you should make it a point to surround yourself with people who bring you up.

Once you have a set group of people that you find yourself spending time with, it is important to pay attention to the way you feel when you're around them. If you find yourself feeling bad about yourself or get the impression that you need to change something in order to "fit in," chances are the people you're around are not the best for you or your self-esteem. It is important to surround yourself with people who allow you to feel comfortable in your own skin. That being said, you also want people who encourage you to make good decisions and help you reach your goals. People who encourage toxic behavior in your life might be fun in the short term, but in the grand scheme of things, you need to be surrounded by people with your best interest in mind. Essentially, surrounding yourself with people who influence you to be your best self is one of the best decisions you can make short and long term.

The key to all of this is being conscious of your own feelings and needs. Pay attention to who reaches out to you to hang out. Notice the ones who pay attention to you as you speak when it feels like no one is listening. More than anything, be conscious of who you're with and where you're at when you experience moments of pure happiness. Life is too short to waste your precious time on people who don't build you up. Wouldn't you rather spend your time with more moments of pure joy than self-hate? Start living for you!

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