When TeenHealthFX thinks of friendship a few favorite quotes come to mind
"True friendship is like sound health; the value of its seldom known until it is lost."- Charles Caleb
"A real friend is someone who walks in when the rest of the world walks out"
When you read these quotes, stop and think about your friendships. Do you and your friends act in a caring way towards one another, do you respect them and do they respect you, but most of all do you value the relationship and love spending time together?
Friendship is more than just hanging out together at lunch and gossiping about other people. True friendship is when two people have mutual respect for one another, and really care about the each other's feelings and dreams. You need to be able to be honest with your friends. If there is ever a time where you feel that you cannot tell them the truth, for fear that they will be mad or will not understand, then they are not true friends. Friends share with each other important things that they would not share with others. Friends also care about each other, stick up for one another and enjoy spending time together.
As you grow and mature your friends may change, but that does not mean that you have to do away with your old friends, your relationships may change though. Pay close attention to the different types of friends you have had- the way your friends treat you, what sort of things you can talk about, and the things you like to do. Soon you will see what qualities in a friend are most important to you. Not everyone values openess or honesty, when others look for an extraordinarily caring individual as a friend. Whatever it is that you value most, make sure that your needs as well as your friends are being met. If you are feeling neglected or mistreated by a "friend" then you need to look more closely at this relationship. Friendship should bring you joy not misery. Find out what you want out of a friendship, and try not to be overtaken by those around you who are not yet mature enough to commit to a true friendship.