Old friends are honest with you. They know where you started and how you evolved. They call you out on the good, the bad, and the ugly. Honesty with a bit of humor pops your bubble.
A fun teasing little comment like ‘you’ve lost some hair since we last saw each other!” or something more serious like “Is everything okay, you don’t seem yourself?”, is grounding and gets you back to basics.
Be careful of people who don’t have old friends in their life. Who is telling them the truth or keeping the grounded?
New friends only understand who you are now and don’t have the context for where you’ve been.
Water the garden of friendship. There are so many ways to stay in touch these days. There’s no excuse.