I've shared my all-star BFF dream team before, and we've even debated whether you'd rather have a large group of friends or a tight-knit clan, and I've since realized something: Making friends is sort of like dating. I have a small, close group of friends, but once I make a friend, we're friends for life. I friend with all my heart. It's sort of like falling in love. I fall hard. We're talking smack-dab on the pavement hard.
But there's no denying that making that special friend connection as an adult is far from easy. In fact, it can be downright difficult. It's easy to make friends when you're young. You hardly to have do any work to make it happen. Sometimes, all it takes is a play date set up by your parents, and before you know it, you're running in the grass and laughing with the girl from down the street. Or sometimes, you meet your new friend as you both sip apple juice during art class. You both reach for the green crayon and figure you must have everything in common. By the end of the first day of school, you have a new best friend.
Maybe it's so easy then because, as kids, we aren't self-conscious and aren't so concerned with social norms yet. Our world is open, and we're ready to jump in, head-first. Wouldn't it be great if making friends was as easy once we are adults? But in the rush of work and life in general, we sometimes find ourselves feeling like an island. It's not intentional; it just sort of happens. If we put on our "child hats," we'll probably see areas of our life that are ripe with potential friends.