When we’re young, friendship is all about convenience. We hang out with the people in our classes, on our teams, on our blocks. We are constantly with them. We laugh, cry, and grow with them.

But, then, in almost the blink of an eye, you’re graduating and going your separate ways to different colleges and different towns. You start to have your first experiences apart from one another. Your life timelines aren’t so perfectly matched anymore.

And, this is when the true test starts. And, it also comes with a harsh reality. 

Some of the people you thought you’d be friends with forever are going to only play a supporting role in your life. They will fade as life gets more complicated.

You may stay in contact with them, but that will be mostly for the highlight reel, not for the behind-the-scenes, nitty-gritty real stuff.

But, this article focuses on the other friend. The one that is still a part of your life. And, to that friend, thank you.

Thank you for allowing us to both grow up without growing apart.

Even though our lives have taken different turns over the years, you have never wavered in your support for me. Even though we are reaching different milestones at different ages, thank you for constantly being there for every new and exciting adventure.

Thank you for understanding that we can make different choices and set different paces for ourselves while still holding strong to our friendship.

Thank you for understanding that life is busy, but that we will always be there for each other.

As we grow older and have more responsibilities, it is such a relief to know that you are still there for me.

Even if we haven’t gotten the chance to have a real conversation in weeks, we know it isn’t a slight and that we will pick up right where we left off when we talk or see each other again.

Thank you for being a part of my highs and my lows.

Thank you for being there through it all. Thank you for standing by me and celebrating on my happiest days and for wiping the tears in my darkest hours.

Thank you for sharing the silence with me when I needed to cry and for blaring music and talking with me all night when I needed to vent.

You have always known what I needed and when I needed it. Thank you for that.

Thank you for making an effort to understand my world.

I know that our 20s have taken us in all kinds of different directions. But, thank you for taking the time to show an interest in the things I love, the places I’ve lived, and the new things I’m experiencing.

Thank you for asking questions and for checking in.

Thank you for taking an effort to understand the stage of life I’m in, even if you’re in a different one.

Thank you for being constant in an ever-changing life.

Above all else, thank you for standing by me.

Life gets hard and messy. Friendship becomes more inconvenient as you grow older. And, as we grow up, we need to really prioritize those relationships in order for them to thrive.

Thank you for continuing to make me a priority in your life.

Thank you for growing up with me, for experiencing all of the life’s highs and lows with me, and for never losing sight of why we decided to be friends in the first place.

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