Some friendships are not meant to last forever and naturally or consciously dissolve, but that’s not why all friendships come to an end. Your BFF at work gets a new job and you lose touch. You get married and socialize mainly with other couples, not your single friends. You have kids and barely have time for yourself and your spouse let alone your friends. However, maintaining your friendships must be a priority.
You’ll Regret It If You Don’t
As logical as it sounds to socialize more with other couples now that you are married, or with parents who understand what you are going through with your kids—you’ll regret it at some point down the road if you don’t stay in touch. As one of my dear friends found, once her kids became teenagers she realized her only friends were parents of her children’s friends, and that they really had little in common other than their kids. She had consciously let go of her single and childless friends (most of whom were now married with kids) because they didn’t have marriage or kids in common, but now felt left with no one real to turn to.
You Have No Excuse Not To
With modern technology, it is easier than ever to stay in touch with friends and family near and far. Yes, you still need to make time for live interaction or at least video chats and phone calls, but in-between you can text, IM, email, and FB messenger.
Last but not least, and most importantly—you deserve it! You deserve to have balance in your life and you deserve to put YOU first!