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Friendships are very special relationships and that can last a lifetime.
Friends are people you share your time with, hanging out, having a laugh and confiding in them. They are people that you grow to know, like and trust and can be there to offer you help and support when you need it. They'll listen to you and give you good advice - even if sometimes you don't want to hear it!
A real friend will appreciate and accept you for who you are, and won't bully you or pressure you into doing things you are not comfortable with.
Its normal for friends to argue sometimes, just because you're friends doesn't mean you can't disagree on something. Good friendships are based on respect and being honest with each other.
Everybody is different and some people want more friends than others. Some people have large circles of friends and some only have one or two close friends. Some people choose not to have many friends and spend a lot of their time on their own or with their family and that's fine too.
Some people find it easier to make friends than others, if you find it difficult try talking to different people until you find someone that have things in common with.
If you start a new school, job or university don't worry that you will have no one to hang out with. You will soon make new friends and will still have your old ones too. If you can't see your mates as often as you would like to, you can keep in touch by phone, text and email.
Try to make new friends wherever you go - they're fun and can make you laugh, as well as introducing you to new things and interests - you'll always learn something different from each friendship that you have.