How To: Long Distance BFFs
Having a long distance friendship takes work. My best friend of eleven years and I have lived in different places for the better part of the last eight years, but when we see each other it is always like no time has passed. Guest Contributor Akika Munsil shares the advice that has kept and her BFF going strong.
My best friend and I have known each for eighteen years.
We have lived in the same city for about an eighth of that. It has been hard to keep up with each other all this time, but we have always managed. I missed her wedding and I was so wrapped up in mine; I missed spending time with just her. She planned this great way to tell me she was pregnant, and I got too drunk to speak so I missed the phone call. Through it all she has stuck by me and I couldn't ask for a better person to call my life long bud.
Here are a few ways we have stayed long distance besties:
1. It doesn't matter how long its been; if you are missing your best friend, get in contact. When that person is on your mind, say something. Life is too short for missed opportunities with the people you care for. We went about six years where we did a six-to-eight month catch up and then disappear again. I wish I had that time back. We both missed so much of each other's lives. Not to mention, she would have kept me from making so many mistakes!
2. So much social media! Take advantage of what it is really for and stop stalking your ex-boyfriends (Editor's Note: Guilty). Comment on her status or re-tweet a quote a like. Or in our case, send so many GIFs.
3. Find something in common again. People grow up and grow apart but there is always something. In my BFF and my case, it is TV. We still have extremely similar tastes in shows and usually text watch together (text each other while watching the same show).
4. Be genuinely supportive of each other. When I decided to go back to school, my BFF was one of the first people I consulted. I took her words of encouragement to heart and here I am, halfway through. She has been incredibly supportive of my crazy decision and keeps me sane by talking to me about non-academic junk (mostly celebrities…don't judge).
5. And ,just like any relationship- HONESTY. I can count at least three times where I fudged the truth to my bestie and they were all big mistakes. There have been times when I wanted to tell her my honest opinion and held back. I believe we have learned from those past times and it has helped to grow our relationship.
A long distance relationship is hard for anyone. Until you have one you just don't get it. It is work and takes more than just these five things, but you'll hit your stride if you just keep trying.
It will be so worth it.
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