You always cover such great subjects. This one definitely made me think about the quality of my relationships and how much I put in to them - which upon reflection really isn't that much. Maybe this was a wake-up call for me. Also, wow, Odyssey? That is one prestigious website, how awesome to feature on it.
I'm glad my article could be of use to you! Odyssey's really not a big deal. Any college student can use it, more or less, at least in the U.S. Some of the articles do go semi-viral, so it can be good for exposure, but generally the views aren't amazing. I stopped writing for Odyssey around February because it was too much of an energy drain worrying about writing something high-quality every week alongside all of my schoolwork.
This is a subject that's been on my mind, it's so hard to make meaningful relationships of any sort in high school, but I've been trying to become a better friend. Great post.
Thank you. I think that the relationships in high school that work the best are the ones in which both parties (or all members of a group) understand who the other really is. Without even meaning to be deceptive, and partially because of fault in others’ perception, we tend to come across to people differently than we really are, in all of our complexity as humans. If we reduce each other to stereotypes, it becomes difficult to actually interact with each other in meaningful ways. Instead, we have to learn how others operate, how they feel, how they do their work. Then, we can engage with them on their own terms not get hung up on what we may think are transgressions, for instance, when they’re really playful jest, or whatever the particulars may be.