Aside from romantic partners and close family members, the relationships with your friends are some of the most important bonds in your life. For some people, friendships are their number one relationships, especially if they are single or not close to their blood relatives, making these bonds even more critical. However, as time passes, the way you relate to and seek out friends shifts. You may experience just a few or all of the following changes when it comes to your pals.
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Why Your Friendships May Change
1. Your Expectations Get Higher
As you mature, you may begin to feel that friends are more than just people to gossip and go out with. You could start to expect more from the friendships in your life. Whereas when you were young you could tolerate some degree of pettiness or even betrayal, things are different now. You likely won’t have the patience for those things as you get older, and you may believe that in order to be a good friend, a person needs to be trustworthy, kind, and honest.
2. You Seek Out Different Types of People
When you’re young, you look for friends you can have fun with, whether it’s hitting the town on a Friday night or doing a fun activity together. As the years go by, however, you might look for friends who you can have a deep conversation with or for people you know will be there when life gets tough. You may already have friendships like these. Do you hold these people in higher regard than your drinking buddies? If you don’t, you may start looking for them.
3. Your Time Becomes More Precious
Once you start a family or get a top position in your career, you have less time to be social. Because of this, your beliefs about who you want to hang out with, and what you’d like to do together, will inevitably change. Before you had big responsibilities, you had all the time in the world to hang out with whoever and do anything you pleased. Now, your extracurricular hours are a precious commodity. What you choose to do with your time reflects your changing attitude toward friendship.
4. Your Close Friends Become Family
As you start spending time with fewer friends, and as life gets busier, these pals may become more than friends—you’ll start to regard them as family. This shifting belief deepens your bonds and solidifies the friends who will remain in your life for the long haul, through thick and thin.
5. Your Not-So-Close Friends Become Acquaintances
On the flipside, the people you don’t see as much as you used to become acquaintances or social media pals. These include the people who live far away or the people who are at a different place in their lives. Perhaps you’re married with kids and they aren’t, or vice versa. Those who have grown to adopt different worldviews (or hobbies) tend to fall by the wayside. Even if these people were once close to you, you may find that you only “see” them on your social media feed or talk with them every so often via text message.
Time Changes Things
Everyone changes as time passes, and the people you once considered your closest friends may become mere acquaintances, while people you’ve just met can easily become family. This may seem strange, and for some, it might even feel like a betrayal, but that’s how life is for many. Change is an inevitable part of your life, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Just remember that the Universe will always hold onto, and give you the people you need, when you need them, to help you reach the best version of yourself.
Not all friendships are meant to last and that’s okay. However, if you’ve noticed a change in your friendship and you’re wondering why, you need to speak to a Love Psychic. They’re always available to take a look at any of your relationships during a psychic love reading. Find out if your friendship is meant to last!
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One thought on “How Friendships Change as You Age”
Excellent article Natasha!
I couldn’t agree more!
I love when you listed how, as we age, often our closest friends become like family. This is especially true in the world we live in today. People are so mobile, we move, our children move, and so we create our families wherever we find ourselves.
Thank you for a wonderful read!
Love & Light,
Psychic Chloe [ext:9421]