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Friendship IRL

Alex Alexander



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The Shift in Friendship During Our Mid to Late 20’s

• 42 min

When we were kids, proximity was the basis for our friendships. As adults, we have more control over our friendships than ever before. We get to choose where we’re going, what we’re doing, where we’re living, who we’re calling. And I think sometimes we get overwhelmed with all the choices we have and forget that WE have the power here. This episode is Part 1 of my conversation with today’s guest, Kristian, who reached out after finding Friendship IRL by typing “friendship” into Apple Podcasts. Kristian is in her 20’s, a phase in life in which we often find we can’t rely on proximity for our friendships anymore. Our 20’s are full of so many changes – changes that will inevitably impact our friendships. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. These changes also allow us to better understand who we are, what we enjoy, and what we WANT – not only out of life, but out of our friendships, too. In this episode you’ll hear about: How you can be lonely even while having “friends,” and the importance of letting go of being our “best selves” and embracing our messy, unique, true selvesHarmful societal messages around friendship: put your best foot forward; give a great first impression; the first seven seconds set the tone of your friendship foreverMaking friends as an adult, which often involves deciding who we are; what makes us unique; ways we want to show up; and how we want others to show up for usIn our mid-20s, friendships often aren’t based on proximity anymore, so for a lot of people, it’s hard to know what friendship looks like during this stage of lifeHow our own personal growth and “tweaks” impact our friendships; for example, deciding to stop drinking might affect relationships with people we go to the bar withThe difference in being nice and kind, in friendships and in lifeResources & Links Like what you hear? Visit my website, leave me a voicemail, and follow me on Instagram!  Want to take this conversation a step further? Send this episode to a friend. Tell them you found it interesting and use what we just talked about as a conversation starter the next time you and your friend hang out!

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