When did friendship become complicated?
I think somewhere in my 20s...
It was so easy to make friends as a kid. Just go next door, and check if someone was around to play.
Even in school and college, friends somehow happened automatically. We were trapped together for most of the day anyway.
Starting a job made everything harder.
You actually had to schedule time for hanging out together.
Then there were co-workers ... who also became kinda friends ... work friends? Blurry line.
And suddenly people move all over the planet (like me) and hanging out becomes a once a year thing (or even less).
My "college-group-of-friends" is still in touch in an active Whatsapp group. We live on three different continents now. Haven't seen each other in almost a year.
And it's even difficult to find time to talk to each other. Because everybody has different plans all the time. Now, we put a monthly catch up call in our calendar. Everything wants to planned, otherwise it won't happen.
If you don't put an effort into keeping friendships alive, they will die a sad, slow death.
I think the effort is absolutely worth it.
I'm going to fly to some other continents this and next year to pay some visits.