By: Kara Posner
When I was in high school, my friends were the people I ate lunch with and who I didn’t mind giving my last piece of gum to. In college, I knew my friends because we kept eyes on each other after too many keg stands. In my twenties, they were the girls who I had fun tearing up the town with and with whom many broken hearts were given tourniquets. Years later, life is feeling a little more serious. Our parents are aging, people are pairing off, raising families and moving away. It is harder and harder to find the time in-between for friendships. These are the people that probably know us better than ourselves and who are our touchstones. Efforts must be made to overcome our busy lives in order to maintain our sanity. One friend said it feels like at this age we have to put the effort, determination and care that we once used to foster romance into maintaining friendships. It is as if we have to date our friends to keep the relationships active.
Do you find this is true? What kind of efforts are you making to maintain your friendships?