14 Stages of Reuniting with Long-Distance Friends

14 Stages of Reuniting with Long-Distance Friends

Nothing better than reuniting with friends.
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It is crazy to think that the friends you once spent almost every minute of the day with turn into friends you will eventually see every once in a blue moon. Whether you went to sleepaway camp with this friend or you know this friend from college or home, you have at least one long-distance friend in your life. Being away from friends is never fun, whether you are one mile away or over 500 miles away. Some may say that distance is just a number, but that distance should not be an obstacle that gets in the way of friendship.

When you reunite with long-distance friends, there is truly nothing better than the feeling you get when you see them again. And if you have ever been in this situation, here is how you would know...


1. The separation anxiety is real

You already miss your long distance friend as soon as you leave her/him. You cannot bear to be apart. You FaceTime and call each other on the phone every day, but it is not the same as actually hanging out in person.

2. Setting the date to reunite with your friend

"So I will meet you here at this time on this day, right?"

3. Realizing you are actually going to see your friend

4. Jumping up and down because of your excitement

There is an overload of happiness. You are dancing around all over the place and you do not care about how ridiculous you look celebrating the plans you just made with your long-distance friend.

5. Telling everyone

You are so excited about the plans you made with your long-distance friend, so you go and tell all of your friends about these plans. May as well tell the whole world, right?

6. There is a countdown

Days, hours, minutes and seconds are all kept track of. At this point in time, the countdown is the only thing that is helping you make it through the day.

7. The "I can't wait to see you" text messages

Basically the stage in which you try to top how excited to see your friend.

"I'm so excited to see you!" "No, I am more excited!"

8. The night-before phone call

"We are still having plans tomorrow, right? I need to double-check because I really do not want you to bail on me."

9. Planning your outfit the night before instead of on the day of

A "reunited" picture will definitely be taken for Instagram and all other social media sites. Therefore, a trendy outfit must be worn for the picture. You obviously need to look your best if you are going to see one of your best long-distance friends.

10. Not being able to sleep the night before

You pull an all-nighter because you cannot sleep. Your excitement for tomorrow keeps your mind racing and sleep is just not an option for the night.

11. The excitement when you wake up the morning of reuniting with your long-distance friend

The day is finally here!

12. Nearly tackling your friend

When you are just too excited and your body cannot handle it.

13. Alerting every social media site that you and your friend reunited

14. Finally being reunited

Nothing better than this.

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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.
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The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.

Sincerely,

the loving granddaughters

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You Don't Have To See Your Friends Every Day

We all have lives that we're trying to balance.

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For as long as I can remember, whenever I would have no plans and go on Snapchat to see all my friends having fun without me, I would get FOMO. I'd get really sad and think that they didn't care about me because they didn't invite me. It would get me in such a bad mood that it would ruin any chance of going out with someone else who wanted to hang out.

I don't know if it was just my anxiety of people hating me or if it was a fear of missing out (FOMO). Even recently, it has gotten me down. However, over the past month or so, I finally realized something: you don't have to hang out every day to still consider each other friends.

Everyone has a life that they're trying to balance, especially after high school. People work (maybe even more than one job) and go to school. Some have to take care of family members or do things for their family. Some people are focusing on themselves. Some have relationships to maintain. Whatever it is, we all have lives that we're trying to balance.

We all want to have fun, but school, work, and our families are the priorities.

Even if they're out hanging with other people, it doesn't mean that they don't want to hang out with you. Free time is served on a "first come, first serve" basis. It's hard to balance hanging out with multiple people.

I also learned that it doesn't matter the number of friends you have. What truly matters is the quality. Ask yourself, "Who's there for me when I really need someone?" The people who are there for you when you really need someone to talk to are your TRUE friends.

It's not easy to be there for someone and make them feel better. If they offer to listen or give advice, they care!

I know that it may feel like you have no friends sometimes, but that's not true. Life after high school is hard at times. You're an adult. You have to do adult things and take care of yourself first.

You have to realize that everyone has a busy schedule and not all your friends' schedules will align with yours, but that's okay! You don't need to hang out with friends every day to consider them your friends. What truly matters is if they are there for you when you need them.

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