I know a lot of teens and adults have made friends on the internet lately and many don’t live nearby. People see distance as something that can ruin many potential friendships, however, there are many benefits that make long distance friendship as good or even better than a regular friendship.
The idea of spending time with your long distance friend could be one of the perks of your friendship. It seems like something that could never happen, but it could happen eventually. Your friend can either come to visit you or you can go visit him if he gets you the money. Another thing that can benefit you is space. Believe it or not, space can help a friendship. I’ll talk about it later, but absence makes the heart grow fonder. Since you are far apart, it will help you grow and bring you closer together in ways you couldn’t even imagine. Phone calls and text messages may not seem like enough at first, but you can soon learn to appreciate everything you receive. That’s when you really know it’s worth it.
Me and my best friend
I would like to talk about my similar situation today. One of my best friends lives in Wyoming and I live in Oklahoma and it’s been hard on our friendship since we haven’t seen each other. Despite this, me and my friend, whom I will call P, have an incredible friendship and mutual respect for each other.
P is from Wyoming. Her mother grew up there, so her kids did until about 2013. I’ve known P since she was in 3rd grade. I met her and her sister the same day. Even though P was young, I could see all kinds of light in her. It wasn’t until my freshman year of high school that me and P became friends. We bonded over having similar issues and our love of art. She became someone I would tell everything to. She knows more about me than my cousins and that’s pretty hard to accomplish. She was the first person I talked to when I became a writer here. P has always supported me and I don’t know what I would do without her.
Me and P talked practically every weekend. I told her how far I would go in video games and she told me about her latest conquest. We got so close that we even took pictures together at the reunion. They were on his phone, so I don’t have them, but it was still a great night for me.
P has more life experience than me even though she is 15 and I am 17. She’s been to parties and things, when the closest I’ve come to getting into a party is getting the invite. She gives me advice on things I haven’t done, which is honestly very helpful. It’s really less annoying than I thought. She has been there to help me for 8 months and I wouldn’t trade that time for anything in the world.
P returned to Wyoming last month. It’s not long, but still decently tough for us. It’s going to be different not seeing her in the hallways or not seeing her smile at me when I stop by some of her classes, but it’s not like I’ll never see her again. There’s always a way to see her, whether it’s up close and personal or over the phone. I know I will see her again and give her the biggest bear hug imaginable.
P assured me that she will do her best to be at all the events she can attend at my school so that we can see each other, so I have no doubt that I will see her in the very near future. She is like my muse, no matter how far away she is, I will always be inspired by the thought of her. P is everything I ever wanted to be, and I’m beyond lucky to have him in my life.
I can still hear him laughing at me when my voice breaks. I hold those memories very close. P is the best thing that ever happened to me. She made me a better version of myself. She showed me how to appreciate not only myself but others and for that I am truly grateful. P is truly everything I ever wanted to be and I hope one day I can be half the person she is. She is selfless, kind, beautiful, smart, funny, brave and more than confident. She is a goddess. I hope I can stay with him for a long time. We transform into the people we need to be to survive and thrive. She is my muse. She gives me a reason to get up and smile every day. I don’t know what I would do without her. She made me the person I am today and gave me the confidence to write for this team. She really is my everything.
It’s hard for me, but it’s not the first time that a friend of mine has moved away. I have friends all over this country due to many circumstances and I have gotten used to dealing with the situation.
Distance shouldn’t change the love you have for a person. Whether they’re in a country, state, or even an entirely different continent, as long as you put in the effort, that friendship can retain their love and respect.
There are many ways to communicate with friends who are not nearby. You can write them an e-mail or a letter. Me and P have been back and forth since she moved, so social media is also an exceptional way to keep in touch. Google Duo or Facetime are two other options you can have to stay close.
See? Distance does not destroy friendship. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, don’t they? This means that even though they’re gone, you develop a greater admiration for the person who isn’t there. They may not be with you physically, but they are always with you in your heart and in your mind. Love conquers, okay?
Honestly, I think this could be a great experience for me and P. Time apart can provide a chance to grow in ways we haven’t experienced before. It’s my last year of high school now. It’s his first year. We will separate and show new sides of us that no one has ever seen. It could really do amazing things for both of us, and I hope it does. I wish the best to P in his “new” environment.
To be honest with you guys, it’s definitely worth it in the end. P may be a long way off, but we still talk a lot and most definitely love each other. Physical distancing is nothing compared to a massively close bond.