All the borders, area codes, and time zones in the world are powerless when it comes to a real friendship.
Being in a long-distance friendship can be extremely harsh, but it does have its priceless moments.
Sometimes in life, we need to say goodbye to our dearest friends in order to invest in our personal growth. But this goodbye doesn’t mean we are putting an end to our treasured bond. It doesn’t make us forget all about each other and never look back. This goodbye takes us a step closer to another hello. It makes our friendship stronger and helps us realize that we need to appreciate every single moment we get to spend with one another.
Here are 5 incredible reasons why long-distance friendships make the strongest bonds:
1. The distance makes you cherish each other more.
Someone once said that distance doesn’t matter when the friendship is true. But this someone was wrong. It does matter. When your best friend is thousands of miles away from you, distance can make you realize how much this person means to you. In a way, it strengthens the unique bond you share.
Being physically away from one another makes you understand that you may not always be there with each other, but you will always be there for each other, which is what a real friendship is about. Even though you are divided by distance, this person will always have a special place in your heart. Besides, the thought that you are only one call away from each other makes things much more bearable.
2. You share special memories that can never be taken away.
You may not be spending every waking hour by each others’ side, but you share plenty of unforgettable memories. These memories make you smile, laugh, cry, cringe, and feel as if you were never apart. All of these emotions help you forget about the distance for a while and appreciate your friendship.
At times, you probably feel sad and lonely that your friend is on the other side of the globe. That’s when these precious memories remind you that you are never alone. And the best thing is that you get to look forward to the ones you’re about to make in the future.
3. You always have something to look forward to.
And that something is the day you get to finally reunite. That is the moment you’ve been dreaming about from the day you had to say goodbye. You may not know when that day will come, but you know in your heart that it will, and it will be magical.
We may live in a digital era where video calls are a part of our everyday lives, but nothing can compare to actually being together in the same room. The vibe is completely different, and only people who have lived through the struggles of long-distance commitments can understand it. They are the only ones who truly get that a single day spent with your best friend is worth more than a million video chats. That’s what makes the moment you finally reunite so valuable.
4. You don’t need a Facebook notification to remember each others’ birthdays.
Even though you don’t get to hang out every single day as you used to, you are still a significant part of each others’ lives. You are still the awesome BFF duo you always were. The only difference is that you have different area codes.
So you don’t need a reminder to know when your friend’s birthday is because you have that date stamped in your mind for years. And when that day comes, you go the extra mile to show them how much they mean to you and how little the long distance has affected your unbreakable bond.
5. Your friendship gives you a reason to be grateful for every day.
Whenever things don’t go as planned and you feel down, there is always someone on the other side of the world who cares for you. The ones who are so far away from you can sometimes make you feel better than the people who are right beside you. The fact that you have a special place in the heart of someone who lives thousands of miles away is enough to make you feel blissful even in times of despair. Distance means so little when someone means so much.
Have you ever been in a long-distance friendship? Are you in one right now? Feel free to share your experience in the comment section!