When your hometown besties have been by your side for so long, it can be hard to imagine life without them. Unfortunately, they can't follow you everywhere you go in life. Everyone has their own goals to achieve in their young adult life, so your squad may not stick together forever.
But just because you can't be physically together forever doesn't mean you won't be friends forever. Yes, your relationship with your hometown BFFs will change as you leave home and discover yourself, but those who are meant to be in your life always will be. You'll also make new friends at college or wherever you move to, so don't keep yourself stuck in the past.
Even though you'll meet new people and live an exciting new life on your own, your true friends will stick around. There may be thousands of miles between you, but you'll make it work. That's what social media is for, after all. Here are several ways your relationships with your hometown best friends may change in your 20s.
1. Distance Gets In The Way
Squads tend to get split up after high school, but this doesn't have to get in the way of your friendship. If you and your girls are truly best friends forever, you'll find ways to make it work. You can arrange video chats, group calls, and even send snail mail for an extra personal surprise.
2. Quality Overcomes Quantity
Not everyone can handle long-distance friendships, and that's OK. If you and a friend drift apart while you're not together, don't let it consume you. Best friends will keep up with you and do anything for you no matter what... even if you're thousands of miles away. Friendships may fade, but that will let you see who your real besties are.
3. Special Occasions Are Even More Special
When you get to go home and see your squad, a simple weekend trip becomes so much more. You'll have so much to do and catch up on that it can seem overwhelming, but it'll be the time of your life. One of the best things about catching up with old friends is that once you're together again, it will feel like you were never apart.
4. You'll Hang With Their SO
As you and your girls start to get serious with your love life, you'll have lots of potential hubbies (and wifeys) to meet. When you're the one introducing your new bae, remember that your friends only want what's best for you. Make sure they give the seal of approval before you get too serious with a partner, because your friends know you and what you like almost as well as you do.
5. Social Media Is Your Best Friend
When you can't see your squad every day, it's not easy to keep up as closely as you used to. Thankfully, that's exactly why social media was invented. You can share updates of your life with all of your friends with the click of a button and it will be like they're right there with you.
6. You'll Drift Apart
It's sad, but it's true. Not all friendships are meant to last forever. Just like any relationship, there's always a chance the two of you will start to grow in different directions. There's nothing wrong with that, but it's never easy to say goodbye to someone who's been a significant piece in your life.
7. You'll Reconnect
Even though friendships can end in the blink of an eye, they can be rekindled just as easily. Sometimes, you'll reconnect with a friend and find you can begin again from exactly where you left off, like nothing has changed. Find those friends and keep them close.
8. You'll Celebrate Together
As you and your squad grow up together, you'll have lots to celebrate. Graduations, weddings, and new jobs are just a few of the exciting things ahead of you. Make sure to find time to catch up amidst all the business of your new adult lives, because parties end, but friendships can last forever.