I remember when the coronavirus started in March, I was scared and sad to the point I wouldn’t leave the house at all except for a walk. I did college (which I still do) and was bored since nothing was open. However, if Corona did one thing right it was bringing me some friends who I know will be my life-long friends. It has been difficult for me to meet my group (yes I have made some amazing friends in University and High School).
I remember how the group started, on Facebook. People who were Ba’alei Teshuvah (people who return to G-d) wanted to interact, hence another Facebook group emerged. My first memory was going onto a Zoom room with two people. I felt like I was intruding but they were very inviting and accepting. It wasn’t the superficial kindness that fades but general love. I remember having to go but wanting to be friends with these people.
Eventually (which in lockdown was probably a day or so) we created a WhatsApp group which is surprisingly still active. To find people who are genuine, kind, and accepting is rare. Let alone how intelligent everyone is; it never ceases to amaze me how smart everyone is. I could honestly write an article about each person I’ve gotten to interact with (which I will do).
My point is, 2020 has been the longest and shortest roller coaster I have ever ridden. It has been intense in a myriad of ways, especially with all the changes. Having a friend group who truly cares about you and you care about them is such a special thing. If you are struggling to make friends, your group will come. All you have to do is be authentic and put yourself out there. It is so hard to be authentic in this crazy yet beautiful world but trust me someone will love you for you. Know you are special and if this group has taught me anything it’s taught me you can carve out your own path in life. Happiness is possible, you just have to explore and take a dive off the platform. Best of luck in 2021.