I know, this one doesn't sound like it would be that hard, but you would be surprised. Growing up these days, it is actually a lot harder to make friends, especially for girls. They try so hard to fit in and be "cool" just to keep a friends attention.
Making a new friend can also be very nerve wracking. When striking up a conversation with someone new, you worry about saying the wrong thing or worry about saying something stupid. In other cases, you can just click immediately and then all of a sudden you act as if the new friend has been a part of your life for the longest time.
Or, you become friends with someone online. I know, red flags have been raised right? But trust me, having something in common with someone online can strike a friendship. In this past year I have become really good friends with 4 people: Amber, Stephanie, Shareka, and FOLFan (i can't spell or pronounce her first name so I went by her twitter handle).
I met Amber on tumblr. We started to follow each other after we found out that we both had an interest in writing letters to soldiers and cowboys. Over the years we would just end up checking in with each other to see how school and other things were going. When the big tornado hit Oklahoma I began to worry that she was affected. It wast then I realized that I really cared for her and her well being. Now, we message each other if we need to vent about something or to update each other with things going on in our lives.
Stephanie, Shareka and FOLFan I met through twitter and our mutual love of Nancy McKeon. For those of you who don't know who she is, Nancy McKeon played Jo Polniaczek on the Facts of Life and Jinny Exstead in the Division among various other acting credits. Things just clicked between the four of us. Shareka and I ended up making and running a Facebook Fan Page together for Nancy McKeon. We also made youtube channels and tumblr pages dedicated to her as well. We've all become so close that we now just check-in with each other to see how we're doing (and to also talk about Nancy).
So, this just shows that as hard as it is to make new friends, it can end up becoming a great experience. It doesn't matter if you meet them in person or online. Just reach out to someone who may seem lonely or needs someone to talk to. Or talk to someone who has at least one thing in common with you. You'll never know what the outcome will be.
"Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you." - Walt Whitman