Friend or Foe?

Foe – an enemy or opponent.

Friend– a person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically exclusive of sexual or family relations.

While anyone can long for friendship, it is usually one of the most important aspects of an adolescents life; having many friends. The more friends, the happier and more popular you are, right? Not necessarily. While being kind to everyone around you is a great characteristic to have, that doesn’t mean everyone around you is a friend. How can you tell the difference between a friend and a foe? Some may think it’s obvious to point out who is a friend and who is not, but you’d be surprised how often adolescents allow “toxic friends” a.k.a. Foe’s into their lives. They allow foes disguised as friends to judge them and be critical, bring them down when they should be lifting them up, always taking but never giving, the list goes on. It is important that the youth learn the difference between a friend and a foe as early on in life as possible. They say, “What you allow will continue.” and if you allow toxic people in your young life you will allow them in adulthood as well. They also say, “You are who you hang out with.” If you are surrounded by foes, over time, would you become one yourself?