1. It's quality over quantity
During your uni days, you probably worried that too many people would turn up to your house party and there wouldn't be enough space - but nowadays you could probably count the people you speak to on a weekly basis on one hand. Turns our Sally-from-student-halls isn't actually your best friend when you're not offering her a double vodka tonic on the stairs, eh?
2. But you don't underestimate the power of a wider friendship group
Having said that, there's nothing nicer than heading to the pub with a big group of mates that you've probably known for a long time, even if you're not in touch with 24/7. You've gotta have some people to invite to that nostalgic house party you're hosting, eh?
3. Friendships change when people get married and have children
You inevitably learn that as people's priorities change and they start to put their family and children before boozing on a Tuesday night (seriously, WHY?), your friendship changes into something different. That's not to say it's less important, just…different.
4. Your childhood friends are more important than ever
Some things that happen in your twenties suck.You probably go through your first proper breakup, suffer the shit parts of adult life and have to fend for yourself in the big wide world - which is where your childhood friends come in. They know you in and out and back to front, and are most likely the most reliable person you know when things go tits up.
5. You've lost friends the hard way
When you were 20, you probably thought some mates would stick around for the long run - only when they realised how much effort is actually required to maintain a decent friendship, they disappeared off the scene without a second glance. As a sassy Instagram text post would probably say, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life anyway.
6. Some friendships take more effort than others
Some people you can see once a month and slip into conversation easier than a knife in warm butter, whilst others require more constant contact and texts/phonecalls/meme tagging - and that's fine. It's just about striking the balance between needy and stand off-ish and having the right friends that work for you.
7. Some people really do just change
When you were younger you probably thought it was cliche because everyone wants the same thing (the club and hungover pizza, obviously), but in your twenties you realise that people really do change - and it's only when you accept that it's not worth forcing a friendship that isn't gonna work anymore that you're able to let it go.
8. You realise it's OK to cut toxic people out
Whilst you probably spent a large amount of your teens trying to please everyone and get invited to everything, your twenties marks a time of realisation that actually it's OK not to get on with everyone, and that cutting out negative people is no bad thing. As your free time becomes more infrequent, there's no point wasting it on the wrong people.
9. You don't hold on to old friendships for the sake of it
Equally, although you might've been friends with someone for years and cherish the friendship you once had, sometimes drifting away from a friend shouldn't be fought against. If you actually have nothing in common anymore, you know it's not worth clinging onto what once was.
10. It's SO hard to organise social events
When you consider work and family commitments in the mix, finding a time when you and all your mates can hang out is actually SO. HARD. Can everyone stop being so busy and dedicate some more time to drinking and eating with us, please?
11. You have different friends for different occasions
You go to different people for different things, and know exactly who to call depending on the situation - whether you need a shoulder to cry on, a big night out or a cosy one in watching X Factor.
12. Old friends can get jealous of new friends
Learning how to balance old friends with new friends is a difficult one because you assume if they both get on with you and like being around you, they'll like being around each other - but that's not always the case. Sometimes old friends can be arsy about you spending time with other people or hate the idea of you hanging out with new friends over them - but it's nothing a soft bit of pushing in the right direction can't help.
13. You realise which one in the group you are
You inevitably fall into a certain role within your group - whether it's the supportive one/mothering one/one who's always late etc etc - and as you get older and begin to appreciate your mates more, you're fine with that. So long as you're not the designated driver, anyway.
14. Ultimately, your mum is your best friend
You might've hated her at points in your teens (and probably still now), but your mum is inevitably your best, most reliable and generous friend and always will be.
Source: Cosmo UK