"Best Friends" Are Overrated

"Best Friends" Are Overrated

I do not like the title, and here's why.
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I have gone through many “best friends” in my life.

I can mark each phase of my life with a different “best friend.” I put “best friend” in quotes because I have never really liked the term. To me, it signifies that one of my friends is better than the rest of them, and I don’t think like that. I also know people who call everyone their “best friend,” and I am not exactly fond of that either. What I do know is that I like to have many different friends, none of them being any better than the others. However there is always one friend throughout every stage of my life that I hang out with more than the others, and dedicate the majority of my time to.

I had a “best friend” from elementary school to the end of middle school, a new one for my first two years of high school, one for my last two years of high school, and a couple throughout my days in college so far. There may even be some “best friends” that I have forgotten I gave that title. I have nothing against any of these people and am still cordial with all of them when I see them. I follow them all on social media and like their posts, as “best friends,” often do. I hang out with some of them occasionally and text them to see how they are doing. But I no longer call any of these people my “best friend.”

Growing up, I thought that I had to have a “best friend,” mostly because everyone else seemed to. But the reality of it was that I never really had a real “best friend,” and still don’t. Of course, I have friends, but I love all of them the same, and try not to refer to any of them as my “best friend.” I find that that title comes with a lot of responsibility and puts an unreasonable amount of pressure on a person.

I am not fond of competition and probably never will be in the future. Now that I’m older, and have been hurt by my so-called “best friends” in the past, I try to spread my time out evenly with all of my friends. I have a lot of love in my heart to give, and I would never want to limit myself. I pride myself in having friends from many different places and backgrounds and treating them all equally. I also have found that when you give someone such a title as “best friend,” it may be hard or even impossible for them to live up to. I would rather have many different friends than one “best friend.”

So if you’re a person who constantly feels pressured to have a “best friend,” like I used to be, don’t worry about it. I used to find myself being jealous of people who could say that they have been friends with a person since they were in diapers, but I don’t anymore. I know that oftentimes, friends come and go. And to make room for new friends, we sometimes have to let go of old ones. It just might even be better for us in the end.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

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To The Generation That Might Not Care, A Green New Deal Is Crucial

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The reality of climate change and method to address the issue has been a source of contention in the United States for far too long. While Republicans trail behind Democrats a great deal in the percentage who believe long-term, irreversible climate change is a real problem, an equally if not more important gap to acknowledge is that between generations.

A universally taught science concept in elementary school is the difference between weather and climate. Weather is the day-to-day condition of the atmosphere — rainy, sunny, etc. Climate is the weather of a particular geographic location over a long period of time. The weather in an area may be snowy on a particular January day but might overall have a warm climate (Trump has yet to learn this concept).

The gap between generational support for not only believing in the reality of climate change but if the government should take steps to prevent further harm on our planet is apparent. A few reasons that older generations may not support aggressive climate change policies are that many are not going to see the lasting impact of their harmful actions, may not want to acknowledge that their way of life for a majority of their life was detrimental to the environment, or that they simply do not think it is the government's role to further regulate current practices and lifestyles in the name of the environment (an argument supported by many conservatives).

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The "Green New Deal," proposed earlier this month by Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward Markey is mainly a list of ideas and goals rather than a carefully laid-out plan, though aims to eliminate greenhouse emissions through the creation of millions of jobs in the renewable energy industry, moving toward public ownership (a major source of disagreement among Republicans and Democrats), and much more. This plan is a comprehensive overview of many sources of environmental degradation that our nation has not addressed, despite the majority of the nation believing the climate change is a real issue.

There will undoubtedly be a major shift in the operations of many companies due to aggressive climate change policies, which could have been avoided at a drastic level if our nation had chosen to make climate change prevention a priority. Unfortunately, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, global temperatures will rise to an irreversible level in 12 years if the United States and other countries that greatly contribute to rising temperatures do not take action. A sense of urgency has been lacking for far too long is crucial.

Written into the recently proposed Green New Deal is a section detailing how it will attempt to remedy the inequality of those most directly impacted by climate change. Vulnerable communities, particularly communities of color, are not seeing an equitable distribution in disaster funding to prevent damage inflicted by the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters that have resulted as an increase in rising global temperatures — Which, regardless of your age, should be a glaring flaw in our current system.

I personally doubt that the entirety of the recently proposed Green New Deal will be enacted, however, I believe that anyone who values the quality of human life, clean air, clean water, food sources, for not just those in the United States, but around the world, should be supportive of a Green New Deal.

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