I had a fairly small group of real friends in high school (and before). My best friend and I got married in the same summer, so we invited each other to our own weddings. The difference was that all of his guests were from roughly the same geographic area that we grew up in...my own guests were from, quite literally, across the country: DC, Washington state, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida. Reason being, I got the hell outta Dodge after high school, and he went to the college right in his backyard. I made friends that I never would've encountered if I had stayed at home, and he stuck with the same guys he'd been hanging out with since age 12. Another thing I hadn't realized until shockingly recent is that those elementary/middle/high school friends were actually assholes. In college, I was taken aback at the fact that people were genuinely nice, encouraging, and invested in my well-being, since my friends growing up were superficially nice, but domineering (to the point of almost bullying), apathetic, and nihilistic. I wound up driving some people away who would've been amazing friends, but because I was raised in a hostile environment, thought that they had some weird ulterior motive. edit: I had to run for a few hours, so this was cut short. What I was trying to get at is that friendship means a lot of different things. To me, it's fleeting. I have many people that I consider lifelong friends these days, that I'll occasionally meet up with to grab dinner, coffee, or beer, but that geographic sphere has grown exponentially. Even in our wedding party, my best man and my wife's maid of honor have moved to Germany, one groomsman moved to Hawaii, and one bridesmaid to Alaska. We certainly don't keep in contact with them, except for the rare text or Snapchat conversation. And hell, regarding high school, I wasn't even invited to my own 10th reunion! It was planned solely on Facebook, and was only done so through the "core" group of people in charge of the alumni page. Just another nail in that coffin, IMO. It sucks for me because I want to be friends with someone local, but as mentioned above, I gained some of the absolute best friends a guy could ever have by getting out and away for a few years.