I’ve had the same friends since middle school. We had our inside jokes, code names for secret crushes, all-nighter sleepovers, and our endless group conversations. I thought we would be Best Friends Forever. I still talk to most of them, but it isn’t the same anymore. Some I feel obligated to talk to. Some I can talk for endless hours. And others I don’t talk to anymore. Sometimes I get reminded of why we were friends in the first place, but sometimes, I don’t even know the person in front of me anymore. It’s hard, but it’s growing up and sometimes people growing apart too. Why has time made such a dramatic effect on our friendship? If it’s already like this now, how is it going to be in a couple years when we all go to college? Growing apart sucks, but does it really have to be this way?