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.
It’s great to be invited to parties, but if that’s all you’re getting invited to, something might be up. It may be that you’re just the coolest friend someone has, so they bring you around because they know you can spice up a room. And while that’s a compliment, it’s not really a friendship. If you don’t get any one-on-one time with someone, it might be because they’re just not that into you.
Likewise, if you never get invited to the cool events, you’ve got to ask yourself why not. If you’re good enough to stay up all night griping about your friend’s bad date or invasive parents or personal medical problem, why aren’t you good enough to talk about less awkward stuff with their other friends, too? It might be that they’re just using you for impromptu therapy sessions and not treating you like the friend you’ve been.
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