Sunday, October 17, 2010
Coming and Going
I've given this some thought and have reached the conclusion that it is the rule - and not the exception - for most people who come into our lives to eventually leave. Sometimes there are reasons - someone moves away or you have an argument - and sometimes there really isn't any reason. You simply "lose touch" with one another.
I was thinking the other day about the various friendships I've had over the years. The friends I had as a young child were no longer my friends by the end of middle school. I had two close friends as an adolescent who were like sisters to me. We had a falling out during my junior year of high school and stopped speaking to each other after that. I became close to a high school friend during college. We were inseparable for years until she got hooked on drugs. I eventually had to stop talking to her because I couldn't be a part of how she was living her life (and I couldn't stand watching her destroy herself). After college I had two really close friends that I spent almost all my time with. Nothing "happened" that ended the friendships; we just gradually drifted apart and went our separate ways.
And then there are the old boyfriends - the men who, at the time, I couldn't imagine living my life without.
The fact is this: people come and people go. Some really special people remain with us throughout our lives -- for me that's been my family. Still, far more people have entered and left than have stayed. And that's ok. I think that's how it's supposed to be. We cross paths with certain others, learn from one another, and then continue on our journeys. And sometimes, the impact of those meetings linger long after you've both continued along your separate roads.