Treasure The People Who Stay
People tend to come and go from our lives, but the ones who stay tend to make the difference.
It’s the natural for our relationships to grow, evolve, change, and often end.
The people you know in one chapter or year of your life, probably won’t be the same people you’re spending time with next year.
For a long time, I found this depressing and sad. All these relationships I treasured would be gone just like that. New ones would always come, but I would miss the ones who had come before.
I thought there was something wrong with me. I believed it had to do with me as a person, that I was such an awful person people wouldn’t stay in my life. They would just leave.
This wasn’t true. It could have been an aspect of a couple of those relationships ending, but I think there was a lot more to most of it.
A lot of those friendships ended because we were all still growing up. We didn’t know who we were yet and as we got older, we changed and our relationships changed.
We moved to new places and the distance put a strain on our relationships.
There were many reasons for our friendships changing or ending. It didn’t come down to us not liking each other or some ultimate climax that tore us apart.
It was just how life happened.
But what is more valuable than thinking about the friends you’ve lost is cherishing the friends who are still by your side—the ones who’ve stuck with you and grown with you.
They’re the people who’ve known you as you were and know you as you are, but more importantly, they’ve accepted whoever you’ve been.
Don’t doubt how valuable those relationships are and how meaningful they can be to you now and in the future.