Need some tips on how to keep a long distance friendship alive? Please read on.
"As we grow on, we remember all the times we had together." Yes, life is like a Vitamin C song. Once we grow up and grow out, we embark on new adventures whether it’s college, a new job, or even starting a family. We feel ourselves growing up, being actual real-life adults. But as we start to figure ourselves out, we tend to forget those that helped us get to where we are. No, not our parents. Our friends. The friend that helped you stay up late to cram for finals, or the friend with the car that gave you a ride anywhere and everywhere because your parents just didn’t understand.
It’s not like we forget about our friends on purpose, and it’s definitely that we forget how much they mean to us. It’s just that sometimes, life gets in the way and we forget to call or send a text. But have no fear, I am here and I figured out a few ways to keep a long distance friendship alive to make sure that you and your bestie know that you’ll never leave each other’s’ hearts no matter how far apart you are.
The easiest solution to the far, far away blues is to pick up the phone and call! Who changes their numbers anymore? And if you’re really best friends, you know each other’s phone numbers by memory anyway! Call, catch up, let them know that they’re on your mind. It makes a world of difference.
2 Get Their Address
Yeah, I know. Snail mail. Ugh. But who doesn’t love a surprise letter every so often. I know I do. Maybe I’m old fashioned, but if someone thinks enough of me to write a letter and put it in the mail then I know they’re the type of person I want in my life. Plus, nostalgia duh. 10 years from now, those texts won’t be available. Or they might, but that’s not the point.
3 Start Group Chat
Nowadays, there’s GroupMe and Google Hangouts where you can go and start up a group chat with your favorite homies. Even if there isn’t conversation every day, there’s always those special times where you want to hit your B.F.F. up to share a laugh or a memory from back in the day. Remember that time? Yeah, totally.
4 Visit Each Other
What's better than a little face to face interaction? I mean, as long as it isn’t a cross country drive, why not? Seeing your fave friend grow up before your very eyes can be rewarding, honestly. You were kids together, and now look at you. Filing your own taxes and yelling at your kids to clean up their rooms just like your mom yelled at you. And because you’re besties, your friend can even get in on the mom action because you guys are just that close.
5 Girls Trip
Road trip! Let's go to the Grand Canyon, or even Mexico. Pack your bags ladies, and meet your girl(s) for a weekend of fun and forgetfulness. Who says that adults can have as much fun as young college students? Also, because we’re adults, we know how to have fun and also make it to bed by 10 p.m. Because, you know, 10 is bedtime now with the kids and all. But either way, spring break! Yes!
6 Social Media
How long does it take to send a tweet? “I miss you, heart eyes”. Let your best friend know that you’re thinking of them by letting the social media world know at the same time. Maybe it’s just me, but if someone professes their love to me in front of a bunch of people, that’s how you know it’s real. Facebook posts too. Show me you care in front of all my peeps!
If you have a bouquet of roses sent to my job, I just might lose it. I know a lot of people don’t like surprises, but drastic times call for drastic measures. If I want my best friend to know that I really miss them, it’s time to bring out the big guns. I mean sending a life-size portrait of you via UPS big. Having a giant baby Cupid sing and dance on the train they take to work type big. Yeah, it’ll be a little embarrassing at first, but those are memories that will ultimately last forever.
8 A Little Bit of Everything
Send that tweet that says come outside. Yeah, it sounds a little crazy but it’s your best friend ever. Surprise! Here I am, bags packed and ready to go to the Beyoncé concert. Don’t worry, I already bought our tickets and hotel room. Yeah, I’m balling like that. Adult things, you know? Best friends are like sisters. They’re super important and good for your mental health. Besides, who else is going to go along with you to a Beyoncé concert halfway across the country on last minute’s notice? Your mom? Yeah, right. Best friends forever.