The importance of friends

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STEVE CANAVAN: It was a lot of rattle over just a little roll

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Wow, what a week. So far my summer has consisted of being away pretty much every week camping.

This past five days, I was camping with friends which led to meeting many new young people.

I absolutely love talking (you’d understand if you knew me) and finding out about who people are and what they do.

Throughout my time away, I created great memories with people I know and people I had met.

One thing I find highly important in day-to-day life is that we have an enjoyable time with those we value most.

Whether you’re doing something you love, or something you don’t overly enjoy, as long as you’re surrounded by people who you connect with, enjoyment can be shared.

The people I met during my time away all had different characteristics. Some had bold personalities, others were a little more reserved.

Although what pleased me most of all was that everyone bonded really well; it just goes to show that you can have a good time with somebody regardless of how different they are to you.

Unfortunately, my experiences aren’t the case for many individuals.

Some young people in the city are suffering with loneliness.

I believe that there is nothing more degrading to our lives than having nobody to enjoy it with.

There are numerous young people across Portsmouth without a family, or even a friend.

Is this fair? No, we’re human beings and are designed to interact and engage with others.

So very often, young people can’t help being the way they are, but society labels them with negativity and people are put off from approaching them.

Imagine being somebody who wouldn’t see a friend or family member for days.

Think what it would be like if you spent all your free time alone, with nobody to talk to and do things with.

We can be a generation that makes changes. If you know somebody lonely– or are alone yourself – understand that there are things you can do to change that.

Life isn’t about having hundreds of friends, but a handful of good friends is great.

Eighteen-year-old SAM POOLE goes to 
Highbury College and lives at Eastney, Portsmouth. Follow him on Twitter 
@shjpoole.