I am a 16-year-old girl. I had friends who were very selfish and because of this I broke my friendship with them. Now I am feeling lonely and depressed because after breaking my friendship with them, no one talks to me nicely. Please tell me what to do.
Dear Sneha, friendship is important at all stages of life but in a very special way during the teen years when a sense of insecurity dominates emotions and feelings. Anything that builds up the adolescents’ sense of security is immediately accepted; for example, having teenage friends and going with the crowd. In your situation, you came to realize that your friends were “very selfish” and decided to break with them. Now you are feeling “lonely and depressed” and nobody talks to you nicely. You cannot change the past, but can plan a better future with new friends who will share your value system and your goals. Are you ready to risk the relationship with your peers today for the choice of a better quality of life tomorrow?