When I was in college, my older cousins used to wax on about how difficult it is to make new, good friends after you finish school. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but now that I’ve reached that age, I completely understand what they’re talking about! In college, you’re surrounded by new people and bombarded with clubs and confronted with new classmates every few months.
Especially in Japan – it’s so hard to meet a new friend on the street or at the store. Even my neighbors sometimes don’t acknowledge me! So each time I meet a friend for the first time, it’s like dating again. You don’t want to seem too needy, you wait to e-mail or call again so as not to overwhelm, and you’re looking for that magical “click” of friendship. It’s all a bit disheartening until you find the right “match”. But when you do, all of your effort seems to pay off! Am I thinking too much? Or do you feel this way too?