By Eleanor Beeslaar, Graduate Assistant 

Growing apart from friends is a normal part of adulthood. Friendships ebb and flow through different life stages, and there are many reasons why friendships change and people grow apart. During adulthood people often go through many transitions that lead to added responsibilities, which can impact friendships; such as moving to a new place, starting a family, or work responsibilities. 

With the many responsibilities that we must juggle as adults, it can be hard to find time to connect with our friends. Additionally, as we grow and change as people, our friendships may change and drift apart. This can lead to feelings of disconnection; however, it is important to recognize that while it can be challenging to feel like our friendships are changing or ending, this is a normal part of life. 

As you go through new life stages and think about your different friendships, know that it is okay for them to change. You may not be able to see your friends as often as you were able to in the past, and that is completely normal. Try to adjust your perspective of what friendships look like and communicate in new ways that work for you and your friends in this new life stage. This may mean that you and your friends are not able to see each other as often, or you may need to talk more consistently over the phone to stay in touch. Whatever this new type of communication and friendship looks like for you, know that the most important thing is that you and your friends are on the same page!

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