“My family and friends have brought me up well and they help keep my feet on the ground”Theo Walcott on Connection
Connection is about the value of your relationships, with friends and family. It's about getting the best out of those relationships and realising that like most other animals in the world, we're not designed to survive on our own.
Good connections are great when things are going well, but massively important when things go wrong because talking and listening can help you get a clearer view on things. The quest for good connections is not about numbers of friends, it's about quality and trust. For some people that's one person, and for others it's five or six.
Trying to deal with everything yourself doesn't make you stronger — in fact it's easier to bounce back from life's knocks if you can sound out your thoughts and feelings with others. Seek out people who make you feel happy, confident and relaxed, and if you're worrying about what your friends think all the time, remember that they probably feel the same way.
1. Doing things for others will make you happier.
2. Saying things out loud make them much less frightening.
3. Asking someone's opinion will give you a different perspective on things.
4. You're going to need people to celebrate the good stuff with, too!
And when friendships go wrong, try and work out why it happened so that it doesn't happen again. Sometimes we outgrow friendships, people change and so do we. And that's okay, too.