Women have always kind of scared me. Not like mice scare me, really, but in a more "I am completely inadequate and therefore unworthy of your friendship" way. I've been like this since I was a child, and whatever the reason, it must be addressed.
The bottom line is this: friendship should be fun. It should be an enjoyable back and forth with neither party feeling like they have to "keep score" and both parties feeling special, fulfilled and appreciated.
There are experiences in life that require a thick skin. Over 50 dating qualifies. Being rejected or rejecting a lot of first dates can be depressing enough to make a Boomer to want to stay home, eat some Ben and Jerry's, and watch a movie.
Entering middle school is a big adjustment for both teens and for their parents. This transition can be particularly difficult for those who tend to be shy or who have to work harder at making new friends.
Most men buy into the notion that their self-worth can best be measured by their financial success. That belief is totally misguided and it's especially damaging to men over 50 who are struggling financially in tough economic times.
Do a google search with two words that by definition shouldn't be in the same sentence, "avoid" and "friend," and you'll get a list of 409,000,000 articles helping you figure out which friends to drop.
If you don't have people in your life that you regularly feel encouraged, empowered and inspired by, then it's time to "hire up." Seek out friends that will engage, challenge and inspire you on a regular basis.
One reason for the popularity of Rob Reiner's coming-of-age classic "Stand by Me," as suggested by studies of boys, is that the film's depiction of friendships during adolescence is hauntingly familiar.
I've always been envious of women with packed calendars and mailboxes bursting the evites. I went to just three parties last year -- and two of them were for work. Should I be worried that I have, like, five real friends?
The expression simply means take your time to get to know someone well -- male or female -- so they can earn your trust instead of giving it away. It's about protecting yourself from potential disappointment.
Much like one of Santa's helpers admitting some ambivalence about Christmas, it feels slightly wrong to be a spokesperson for women's friendship and not promote every one of the holidays. Notice that word was plural.