Low maintenance or no maintenance?

How to distinguish between "low-maintenance" and one-sided friendships.

Jess Hughes
15th March 2024
Image credit: Unsplash @simonmaage
Most of us live in such an incredibly fasted-paced world, with deadlines piling up and to-do lists getting longer and longer each passing day. This is why, to many of us, low maintenance friendships can be a blessing. 

Low maintenance friendships describe friendships where you may not see the other very often, you may not even text often but regardless of the amount of time that passes there is a mutual understanding that your bond is untouched and you will eventually come back together. Whether that is grabbing a coffee after a few months have passed or a monthly FaceTime call, your friendship is untouched by time or physical distance.

This doesn’t mean your friendship is any less special or strong than the friends you see daily. In fact, low maintenance friendships require a strong foundation of friendship and love in order to thrive. This type of friendship allows you both to grow at a distance but still alongside each other. 

This type of friendship allows you both to grow at a distance but still alongside each other

However, it is important to note, there will be one-sided friendships that are operating under the disguise of a low maintenance friendship. There is a distinction - if you are the only one reaching out and planning things it may be time to re-evaluate your friendship.

Friendship is a two-way street; the effort and time you’re pouring into your friendships should be reciprocated. A low maintenance friendship is not an unrequited friendship, it is a mutual understanding that sometimes life gets in the way and it’s not always possible to stay in close contact but ultimately you will always be there for each other. 

Regardless of what form your friendships take your friendships should enrich your life, they should function as a warm and safe space to be yourself and be loved. 

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