Friends: Making and Keeping them.

Friends are a great support system to get through life. It can be difficult to make friends, especially if you are an introvert.

When I was growing up, some people could make friends in two seconds, and then there were people like me who had a hard time making friends.

I have always been shy and timid when I meet people, and I am not the kind of person that will go up to strangers and talk to them.

I am not sure if this is a result of my brain injury or if it is just who I am, but I have a few excellent friends. That works for me.

I have met more of my friends from classes, friends of friends, and from family . Those are valid ways to make friends. Maybe your brain injury has made you more of an introvert or more of an extrovert.

I am happy with just a few close friends. I get overwhelmed with a lot of people around me, but you may prefer a lot of people as opposed to only a few people.

Friends: Putting yourself out there

There have been times where I have needed to put myself out there. It can be nerve-wracking and uncomfortable. That is okay.

Stepping out of your comfort zone is necessary at times. The times I have put myself out there, it has resulted in some of my closest friends in my life.

A way to put yourself out there is to sit next to someone new at lunch or in class. It doesn’t have to be big, start by introducing yourself and see where it goes.

The big thing is not to get discouraged if they don’t seem interested. It is okay if you strike out a few times. Keep trying.

I have friends from college and high school. The hardest part for me now is keeping in touch. We live in a world where we have texting, social media, and can call others.

It shouldn’t be too difficult, but for me it is. I try to every day, text, or contact at least one of my friends. This allows me to keep them close to me.

Remember to keep in contact with the people who are important to you.

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