We all have times in our lives when our priorities aren’t really on socializing. Whether it’s a new guy, a new job, or something else entirely that has captured all our attention, it’s important to find a way to make time for our friendships. No matter how busy you may be, keeping in touch can be as simple as initiating a conversation every once in awhile, just to let them know you care about them. They’ll understand if you can’t hang out multiple times a week as long as you still care enough to check in. And you’ll never regret being a good friend.
If you stop trying, eventually so will they. A friendship has to be a two way street, and if someone feels like they’re always doing all the work, it’s only a matter of time before they just give up and move on to someone who actually seems interested in hanging out with them.
When you really need them, they won’t show up. You can’t just ignore someone’s texts and calls for a couple months and then expect them to come bail you out of jail when you call them out of the blue.
Guys will come and go, but a friendship has lifelong potential. No one likes the girl who completely disappears every time she starts seeing a new guy. If you only care to have friends when you’re single, don’t be surprised if no one returns your calls next time you get dumped. Good friends should be a part of your life no matter what your relationship status is.
You don’t want to wake up one day and realize you know nothing about them anymore. People grow up, and lives can change in a split second. That doesn’t mean your friendship can’t evolve along with you. But you have to be willing to put the time in to make that happen, or else you’ll just grow apart until your friendship is a distant memory.
We all need people to confide in and blow off steam with. Texting your mom when something infuriating happens at work, or when you say something dumb to a cute guy isn’t exactly efficient or satisfying when she takes five hours to respond every time.
You need a life outside of work. Work hard, play hard, right? Even if you work crazy hours, you still get days off and vacation time. Having friends to spend some of that down time with will help you really disengage from work for a little while, and you need that.
You need a life outside of your relationship. A healthy relationship requires both people to have interests outside of each other. Just because you’re part of a couple doesn’t mean have to do everything together. He probably makes plans with his friends, and he isn’t going to be impressed if you’re always trying to tag along.
It’s pretty lonely reminiscing alone. One of the best things about having friends you’ve known forever is having memories that go back years. And we all know the best reminiscing always happens after a couple glasses of wine.
One day, you might be in need a wing woman. If you suddenly find yourself single and ready to mingle, you’re really going to wish you’d kept in touch with some of the girls you hung out with before you became one half of a stay-at-home-every-Saturday-night-with-Netflix-and-take-out couple.
Good friends know each other better than anyone. Even your family probably doesn’t know certain things about you. And a guy will never know what you were like growing up. Staying friends with someone since you were kids is worth it just to be able to say you know who their favourite Backstreet Boy was, and you still remember the time they puked on stage during the school play. Prime wedding toast material right there.
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