I’ve had this “imaginary” world since I was in kindergarten. I’m 13 now. I have just now started telling people about it, but they think I’m weird. And I know, imaginary friends at 13? Yeah, but I really don’t think it’s all that imaginary. I mean, if it was, why would I cry over these people? Can you help me figure out what’s wrong with me?
Make believe is an important part of everyone’s childhood. It makes you creative and it inspires outside-of-the-box thinking. Have you ever heard of J. K. Rowling? She’s the author of the Harry Potter series, which are books she wrote based on an “imaginary” world too. She put her pen to paper and became famous from this world. She fleshed out the characters, she envisioned the settings, and she invited thousands and thousands of people to be part of her imaginary world.Maybe you’re the next J.K. Rowling, or Stephanie Meyer (she created Twilight), or Cecily von Ziegesar (she wrote the Gossip Girl). And you know what? Maybe you’re not. Maybe you just have a vivid imagination and a knack for daydreaming.
Don’t be ashamed of your creative ideas. You’re a visionary, and you should embrace it. At the same time, a fulfilling real life is important, too. Make sure to balance your friends at school with your imaginary friends, and don’t let your make-believe world infiltrate your day-to-day life to the point that it interrupts have a healthy life, socially, academically and emotionally.
That said, your imaginary friends shouldn’t get you to the point of tears. So while I wouldn’t tell you to drop your “imaginary friends,” like any friend who might cause unnecessary drama in your life, I’d say reconsider the friendship.