Sarah Neely

Friends Series: Do friends grow apart?

Sarah Neely
Friends Series:  Do friends grow apart?

Do you ever wonder why some friendships change and sometimes end after long periods of time?  We all probably all had friends in our lives who were so involved with us during certain times, that the thought of that person no longer being around seems impossible.  However, friendships are just like other human relationships: they are complicated and can have conflict and tension. Friendships can change when two people grow apart from each other. This can happen when friends meet and get close during certain periods of their lives because they are sharing common experiences together. For example, y'all can be growing up in the same area, going to school together, working at the same job, hanging through a mutual friend, etc.  but as we all grow and mature, our friends that once "fit" no longer do and we just move on.

When someone is our best friend, we usually assume that they always will be. I mean, how could things ever change? Our best friend is our shoulder to cry on after a rough day, the first person we call when we get a new job, when we get a new boo, someone we share our best and worst life experiences with. Sure, everyone in the world knows that "people change," but we usually figure that our best friends won't because our friendship can survive anything because our bond is impossible to break. And yes there are friendships that last.  Those will inevitably turn up throughout our lives. Friendships can survive distance, life changes, and tough arguments. Stuff like that is no problem if, for example, we still love to do the same things, has the same sense of humor and value time spent together.

Nevertheless, sometimes we come to the painful realization that we've just grown apart from each other. Neither of you have come to dislike the other, or done anything wrong, we usually just don't click the way we used to. One or both of us may have changed, and you've evolved in ways that have left the two of you incompatible as best friends. It's certainly not an easy realization, but we owe it to ourselves and each other to respectfully acknowledge when a friendship has run its course. This doesn't mean we no longer love or care about one another, but it's an indication that we shouldn't force a close relationship that's just not working the way that it used to because when we do it will ultimately frustrate us and tarnish our happy memories together.

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Photographed by Tiara Marei

Photographed by Tiara Marei

Photographed by Tiara Marei

Photographed by Tiara Marei

Photographed by Tiara Marei

Photographed by Tiara Marei

Photographed by Tiara Marei

Photographed by Tiara Marei

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