It is a hard fact but a true one: We can outgrow friendships just like we outgrow shoes. Understanding this concept can significantly help young people who have a strong desire to want to be like others and want to feel that they are their friend’s “best friend.” It is often “painful” for young people to see their “best friend” associate more with others than with themselves.
Some good advice for young people (and for older ones, too) is to find new interests, make new friends, and find fun things to do. By being your own best friend, you will always have one friend on whom you can rely. Learning to like yourself—HAVING A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH YOURSELF—is one of the most important bits of wisdom anyone can learn. It is also the first principle to follow for promoting self-discipline.