What it means: “Friends can make you or mar you”

We’ve all heard the saying “you are the company you keep,” and it’s true that the people we surround ourselves with especially friends can have a significant impact on our lives. Think about it: when you spend time with positive, supportive, and uplifting people, you tend to feel happier, more confident, and more motivated to pursue your goals. On the other hand, if you’re hanging out with negative, toxic, or drama-prone friends, it’s easy to get caught up in their negativity and find yourself feeling down, stressed out, or even dragged into their conflicts.

It’s like a choose-your-own-adventure story, where the people you choose to hang out with can determine the path your life takes. You might be the main character, but your friends are like the supporting cast that can either help you achieve your goals or hold you back.

Think of it this way: if your goal is to be healthy and fit, but your friends are constantly inviting you to happy hour, ordering greasy takeout, and skipping workouts, it’s going to be a lot harder for you to stay on track. On the other hand, if you have a group of friends who are into yoga, hiking, and trying out new healthy recipes, you’re more likely to feel motivated and inspired to stick with your healthy habits.

Of course, it’s not always easy to make new friends or cut ties with toxic ones, especially if you’ve been friends for a long time. But sometimes, you have to be willing to take a leap of faith and put your well-being first. Just like in a movie, where the hero has to face obstacles and make tough choices to achieve their goals, you may have to overcome some challenges to build a positive friend group.

But the good news is that there are plenty of opportunities to make new friends and connect with like-minded people, whether it’s through a hobby, a community group, or an online forum. You might even be surprised to find that your positive energy and attitude attract new friends who share your values and interests.

So, if you want to live a happier, more fulfilling life, surround yourself with people who lift you up and support you. Choose your own adventure wisely, and remember that you have the power to create a positive and supportive community around you.

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Sophia Celestina Apenkro

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