I admire people who have known each other for years and years and years and still consider themselves close.
Growing together isn’t really an easy thing to do. I’ve learned over the past 6 years of my current relationship, that it’s necessary for a successful relationship. And it’s a great thing! While we all go through personal growth, growing together is a very rewarding way to keep your relationship interesting and fresh.
But I don’t think growing together is always a possibility. In my only other real relationship, there was an age gap and we were semi-long distance. Growing together seemed nearly impossible…and it was. We grew apart.
I’m now at the point in my life where proximity kind of matters. Keeping in touch is hard and unfortunately it’s essential to growing together and not growing apart. Unfortunately that means a lot of friendships suffer. But unfortunately I also think that’s just part of life.