I just ran across this article, and I found it extremely timely. For many years now, I’ve believed it’s almost harder to make friends as an adult than it was as a kid. After reading this article, I’m relieved to know I’m not alone in feeling this way.
I always hoped when I grew up, friendship would just come naturally. But it doesn’t. Even the friendships I’ve had for 20+ years, the ones I feel secure will last forever, go through hard times and evolutions. Our friendship is still there, but it’s different.
It’s tempting to feel discouraged, but I’ve found that even as my friendships change or dissolve, (usually against my will, lol), new friendships begin to blossom and grow. I think friendship is truly seasonal. Some may last a lifetime, but many of them come and go as they are needed. Just for a season, maybe two. Unfortunately, it’s just hard to accept this truth at times.
Anyone else out there have similar experiences? Any advice you can share to make the friendship growing pains any easier? I’d love to hear your thoughts…