Although those movies are dramatized a bit, that is something that truly happens in many American high schools. All through my life, I obeyed these unspoken rules of friendships, up until my freshman year.
Through middle school I was labeled as “preppy”. So naturally, I tended to hang out with people who had a similar label. That was my life until one day, last year. I had been fighting with my friend group at the time and was sitting alone.
A girl approached me who I had seen around, but never thought I would be friends with. All I really knew about her at the time was that had name was Liz and she was labeled as “goth.” I was never drawn to these types of people as I didn’t think we would have much in common. But on that day, Liz approached me and we became immediate friends.
From the beginning, we knew we didn’t have much in common, but for some reason, we just clicked. Our friendship grew from that day and now we are a part of an incredibly close friend group.
Most of the people in my current friend group aren’t very much like me either. That’s part of what makes us so much fun. We learn from each others lifestyles. We experience and know things that we never would’ve been exposed to otherwise.
Liz remains my best friend to this day, and although we don’t have much in common, we never run out of things to talk about or learn from each other. I am thankful she approached me last year.
The people I’m friends with now truly aren’t anything like me. But that’s exactly what I love about them. I wouldn’t change them for the world.