Why Do Friendships Change?

Why do friendships change? Friendships can be complicated, but maybe the simple answer to that question is people and/or circumstances change. No one is the same person they were a year ago, five years ago, ten years ago and more. I know I’m not the same person I was years ago. Also, things like a new romance, someone moves away, a misunderstanding or miscommunication, jealousy or betrayal can create change in a friendship. Even after meeting and getting close to someone, sometimes people just grow apart from each other. Interests that brought you together in the first place may not be there anymore. I’ve been disappointed by people in my life and friendships changed, but I tried to remember that change is good and to move forward.

For me, there are three things that I look for in a friendship. I want someone that I can talk to, someone I can depend on, and someone I enjoy. I think this is true for most people. It’s just that circumstances may change and then the relationship changes. You change.  At this point in my life, I don’t have the time or energy to deal with someone who is needy or doesn’t reciprocate. This is when I wish you well and move on with my life. I don’t mean to sound cold, but this is how I feel.

I also believe that you can only really have a few good, close friends. I have many friends, but I can count on one hand the number of close friends that I have. Friends that will be there no matter what…through thick and thin. Friends that, even though we haven’t seen or talked with each other in a long while, we can pick up right where we left off. As far as friendships, isn’t that all you need to help maintain healthy and happy relationships?

I hope that your life is filled with friends who support you and bring you happiness and joy.



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