Dont let your “friends” disrespect you. There is a big difference between joking around and habitual disrespect.
i get really happy when it’s not me who starts the conversation because that removes so much anxiety about whether i’m bothering the person or if they secretly hate me even if i know that’s not true
my parents and grandparents have all these cool stories about when they were young and the only exciting thing that happened to me was when my dad accidentally called me dad
being told you’re appreciated is one of the most simplest yet incredibly uplifting things you can ever hear