While it's true that your college friends may very well wind up being your friends for life, your hometown friends will always hold a special place in your heart. You've grown up together, commiserated over the turmoil of high school together, and started new lives together. While you may not be with one another right now, you know that you can always reach out to your home squad when you need a helping hand.
As you each find yourselves, you and your friends may grow apart. You may lose touch or get into fights, but a childhood friendship is something that can always be reconciled. Before you know it, you'll reconnect, and everything will feel just like it was... even just for a minute. Here are a few reasons why you should remain close to your hometown friends throughout your 20s.
1. You Have Memories Galore
One of the major perks of staying close with your childhood friends is always having the chance to reminisce. When you've spent so much time together in your hometown, there are stories to be told around every corner. You can laugh about the good times or talk through the bad times, but you'll be making new memories all the while.
2. You'll Grow Together
You've already watched each other grow up and graduate high school, but the adventure is only at the beginning. Before you know it, you'll be making toasts at each other's weddings and meeting each other's children, so take in every day you have together. Even if you're not as close as you used to be, make sure to take the time to catch up every once in awhile before you seriously miss out on each other's lives.
3. You Have Inside Jokes For Days On End
Having a longer history with your friends makes for some epic laughs. When you're together, you're sure to remember a funny story or two wherever you go. Add a few cocktails to the mix once you're 21, and you may just be laughing all night long.
4. Your Friendship Circle Will Expand
As you start to enter the business and dating worlds, you'll meet lots of new people that could really be of benefit to one of your friends. Pass the word along and offer to introduce your friend, because you know they'd do the same for you. Plus, "my childhood friend" is a lot nicer of an introduction than "my acquaintance."
5. Your Trust Is Already Established
When you've been friends since middle school, you don't really need to worry about whether or not this person is going to screw you over. Unfortunately, we do need to be careful about who we meet and trust these days, but your childhood friends will always be a trusted source of help or laughter when you need them. That's one less thing to worry about.
6. They'll Always Be A Solid Excuse To Come Home
When you need a break from the hustle and bustle of your busy young adult life, something comforting and familiar will always be waiting for you back home. Your friends will be waiting for you, too, so take a few days off and enjoy where you grew up with the people you grew up with. Some things will never change.