In college, you make a plethora of new friends. The difficult reality is that after school, people move away, whether it be to their hometown or to a new city to start their career. I, however, decided to stay put. While they’re out chasing their dreams, I’m in my college town living mine.
Working at a restaurant has provided me with an additional opportunity to develop a vast amount of relationships. Most of them move away shortly after college, and I can’t help but miss them. They have been such a significant part of my life and have helped me find myself, whether they know it or not. They have been encouraging, helped me through some of the hardest times, and are always there for me, and five hundred miles couldn’t change that. They will always be a phone call away.
Now that I’ve graduated from college, I’ve made new friends. However, this time, their families happen to be in the military or have various other responsibilities, and I am seeing the same thing happen again. Some times, it’s hard to get close to people knowing they will be moving after a few short years. However, I wont let that stop me from making lifelong friends.
While many of my college friends are now scattered across the country, we still check up on each other, and we catch up when our paths cross. In these moments, we realize what friendship is all about. You don’t have to live next door to be my friend and make a difference in my life. I am thankful for every friendship God has brought into my life. I cherish all of the relationships I have developed, regardless of the miles between us.
Don’t be afraid to get too close, distance doesn’t determine a friendship. It’s the memories you make along the way that hold the friendship together.