WHY YOU SHOULD BE A FLOATER
A floater is a person who can stay true to themselves yet have successful friendships with different circles of people. These circles of people may also differ in their personal appearance, tastes, education level, likes, hobbies, etc. I’ll tell you from personal experience; it is so much fun, being a floater. I get the best of multiple worlds. I can change up my conversations, places I visit, things and people I am interested in, music I listen to, but most of all I can avoid possible drama and unnecessary awkward moments.
I realized being a floater was a smart thing to be when I was about 11 years old. I had my friends from school, my friends from my sports teams, and my friends from when I was younger. My circles of friends have grown and changed now, though, and I love it. For example, I have my childhood friends, two groups of elementary school friends, middle school friends, high school friends, several extracurricular high school friends, three groups of high school sports team friends, my boyfriends friends, my four or five groups of college friends, my work friends my social media friends, my potential graduate school friends, and friends I’ve met as I have maneuvered through life.
Having so many circles of friends has helped me to have fuller experiences of friendships and experiences. I’ve done things I never knew about prior to doing them. I’ve gone places I may have not gone to before, and I have been forced to break out of my introverted shell more that I naturally would. I never really felt bored or friend-less, while being a floater. I’ve also learned numerous communication styles, how everyone is not mean to like each other or get along all of the time, and how people can be so different from one another. My circles also differed in nationality, ethnicity, age, and geographic location. I have some friends I can only see if I visit New York, and I have some friends who I feel intellectually challenged by because they’ve always been a few years older than me.
Being a floater is a wonderful thing to be for so many reasons. What if you get into an argument that may not blow over for a week with one group of friends? You can hang out with your other circles. Say you want to go to a concert but another group of friends doesn’t enjoy that type of music… go with another group of friends. You like sushi but a group of your friends doesn’t… go hang out with another group. A group of friends decided they wanted to go to Brazil…They invited you… you can go, and you may not have had that experience if you didn’t have those friends.
A floater’s life isn’t dependent on other people, especially not for your personal satisfaction or out of necessity; it simply opens the door for more friends, opportunities, experiences, discussions, networking, connections, contacts, and diversity in your life. Have you been a floater and just didn’t know it? Do you want to be a floater? Let us know!