Whether the life-draining monster that is college tore you apart or they simply just moved away, the less mentioned “long-distance friendship” is just as arduous as the long-distance relationship. For the friendships you just can’t bear to let go, here are some tips to keep your far-away friends close.
- Keep in touch on social media.
This tip may just seem like common sense and you probably already do this and it probably didn’t need to be mentioned, but the point is social media is the closest thing to being involved in your friends’ lives without physically being with them.
- Do things together but apart.
This makes sense, I promise. Watch the same movies or shows, read the same books. Anything that’ll make you feel connected somehow.
- Phones exist for a reason. Use them.
Facetime for when you’re craving each other’s presence. Calls for quick chats when you have a chance. Texts for memes. And messages, probably.
- Pay them a visit.
Just close that distance. If the friendship is worth enough to you to that you’re willing to keep it alive despite the miles between you, then it should be worth it to drop some change to go see them. Or at least meet halfway.
- Keep a realistic mindset.
For those of us to whom “long distance” means you might never see them again, it’s important to keep it in mind that you might very well drift apart. Yes, it’s sad, but it’s reality and the sooner you make peace with that fact the more you will be able to enjoy the time you have while your friendship is still strong. Even if your friendship didn’t last, the impact they’ll have left on you will.
And on that depressing note, I conclude these tips on long distance friendships. It’s important to keep in mind that they are friendships, not exclusive relationships, so you might see your friends making other friends and vice versa. When it comes to friendships – long distance or not – take them as they are: companionship to make you happy.