As we age, it gets harder and harder to make new friends.
In my late 20s, I’ve learned these things.
When you’re out of high school and college, the dozens of friends you used to have slowly leave your life.
You’ve just grown apart. It’s not that you don’t want to stay in touch.
At this point in your life, you don’t become friends with everyone you meet at a party or happy hour.
Friendship is now more valuable because it is harder to find.
But wonders do take place.
In the last five years of my life, I’ve seen that making friends abroad completely changes the way you see everything, and it’s probably the most satisfying thing you can do.
As people in our generation become more financially independent, we want to visit the world and do things other than go shopping or take the same old spring break trip.
When I say “travelling,” I mean taking a plane to a different region or a country with a strange culture.
You go to places where you can see how a new culture changes you, where you can grow mentally and spiritually, and where you can make new friends that will last a lifetime.
Over the years I’ve been travelling, I’ve made a close group of foreign friends who have not only opened my eyes to new things but also helped me find a new side of myself.
Here are some good things about having friends who live a long way away:
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1. Distance is more about being together than being apart.
Relationships die because of distance, but not bonds.
No matter how far away they are, your international friends will always be there for you.
We live in a world with a lot of links.
With all the apps and chats for social media, you can stay in touch at any time.
So, you can’t really tell how far away it is.
2. They won’t leave you.
If you have friends in China or India, you can call them in the middle of the night to talk about anything, and they will always listen.
This is because they care about the relationships you’ve made as much as you do.
Your relationship is unique.
3. The differences in cultures will change you.
International friendships make you want to discover not only other parts of the world but also parts of your mind and soul that you don’t know much about.
You learn to be more open, accepting, and aware.
When you’re in an interesting talk, you want to learn and listen, and you’ll try to understand how other people see things.
4. It’s exciting to think outside of the box.
When you talk to people from other countries, your ability to think and understand goes beyond the stereotypes and biases your culture has about different countries and nationalities.
You come to your own decisions based on what you’ve seen and done, not on what you’ve been told.
5. It has never been easier to travel around the world than it is now.
Get a plane ticket and come see your friends.
Visit their countries with the people who live there.
Your friends will take you to local restaurants and hangout spots that you would never have found on your own.
They will do their best to make sure you have a good time in their countries.
Also, don’t forget that you are also representing your country.
You should always show how your culture is more than what people from other places think it is.
6. Friendship changes the way people talk to each other.
There’s no need to talk all the time.
But you’ll always be there for each other, even if you haven’t talked in months.
There’s no reason to be upset if someone doesn’t answer your call or text right away.
You know in the back of your mind that it wasn’t done on purpose.
The change in time can make things a little more difficult.
It’s not good at all.
But if someone wants to make it work, there are ways to do it.
7. Don’t be shocked if the way you think changes.
Having friends from all over the world will change the way you think without you even realising it.
Friends from other countries give you a lot of different points of view.
You start to think and feel about everything in the world instead of just rating things by the standards of your own country.
8. The things you’ve done together will keep you together forever.
Friendships between people in different countries tend to get stronger over time.
We value our relationships with people from all over the world because they are unique.
They are based on the time we spent together, what we talked about, what we saw, and the stories we told each other.
Our connections with people from other countries grow stronger over time, and they make us truly global people.
Loyalty, respect, and love wipe out the lines between us.
Thank you for making my life better, my dear friends from all over the world.