Real friends share lots of different kinds of experiences with each other. They can be each others wingmen (or women) at a crowded bar or they can talk all night on one of their couches. They can be a plus-one at a work function or they can chill at a dinner with hardly anyone else around.
Itâ€™s great to be invited to parties, but if thatâ€™s all youâ€™re getting invited to, something might be up. It may be that youâ€™re just the coolest friend someone has, so they bring you around because they know you can spice up a room. And while thatâ€™s a compliment, itâ€™s not really a friendship. If you donâ€™t get any one-on-one time with someone, it might be because theyâ€™re just not that into you.
Likewise, if you never get invited to the cool events, youâ€™ve got to ask yourself why not. If youâ€™re good enough to stay up all night griping about your friendâ€™s bad date or invasive parents or personal medical problem, why arenâ€™t you good enough to talk about less awkward stuff with their other friends, too? It might be that theyâ€™re just using you for impromptu therapy sessions and not treating you like the friend youâ€™ve been.
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