Our lives are filled with constantly changing and evolving relationships, meaning we will have to balance the fine art of maintaining new friends, as well as old friends.
There is no better feeling than having great friends who love you, have your back, and most of all, have fun. Humans are social beings, and friendships are, quite literally, what keeps our societies running, our social interactions healthy, and keeps us sane. However, we can sometimes run into problems within our various relationships; a common issue is harmonizing relations with new friends and old friends.
Old friends and new friends have different characteristics, both positive and negative:
-They have always been there for you
-Have seen you at your best and at your worst
-Years of experience together and inside jokes
-Knows your likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses
-Uses your past as comparison when giving advice
-May get tired/annoyed of each other
-Doesn’t know all of your baggage
-Expands your horizons
-Introduces new experiences and new people into your life
-Can be a large distraction due to your platonic fascination with each other
-Has the potential to not like your old friends
We need both new and old friends in our lives to keep things interesting and balanced. New friends add a necessary spice into our lives once in a while, while your old friends are your constants, your rock, and the ones who will support you through thick and thin.
It’s as the old saying goes: “Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.”
Sources: My Daily Moment