For six months now, one of my absolute closest friends has been living on the other side of the world, in Brisbane, Australia. She’ll continue to do so for the next six month. Traveling and settling in foreign countries for a period of time is one of our joint passions and I fully support her undertaking – of course! However, I miss her. A lot! And it sucks being apart when you’re used to hanging out almost every day – especially considering the time difference. Thankfully, the Internet with various forms of social media exists, which allows us to stay in touch on a daily basis and not miss out on important (and not-so-important) stuff in our lives.
In a long distance friendship, though, there are certain things you can expect. The following presents a list of things I have experienced with my bestie as well as other close friends living abroad from me. Things, not all of which, I had expected:
- You become her social media stalker …stalker!
- You find yourself counting your fingers to figure out what time it is for her and what she might be up to
- Phone conversations at random hours – for hours
- Random updates from her life – and you sending random updates as well
- Panicking when you cannot get her advice on something now – and her panicking when she cannot reach you now either
- Random out bursts into tears because you suddenly realize how much you miss your bestie when something on Facebook, Instagram etc. reminds you of her or when your favourite Television series airs
- Endless tags on Facebook and Instagram in random posts
- Endless list of Snapchats some of which will just make you laugh out loud
- A detailed update on her date nights
- Drunk texts in the middle of the day (time difference, remember), which will no doubt make you laugh out loud as well. Especially, when she sends videos, too
- Missing out on important stuff like when she meets a guy and you’re not there to approve this predator
- Most importantly, you can expect a deeper friendship that is not only stronger, however, also deeper due to the distance because you’ve both realized just how big a part of each others lives you are
Do you have long distance friendships, too? If so, what things have you experienced?
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