“I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.”
― Jon Katz
Life is like a sieve; with all the happy moments, conflict and arguments, it separates the real from the not so real. With every stage in our lives, the holes in the sieve get smaller and smaller so only those who are mostly pure and true will make it to the other side.
It is interesting to me that we can all start our lives and experiences with a lot of persons around us, but as the journey goes on and tough situations arise many fall off. Before you know it, you are looking back and wondering ‘What happened? Where did they go? WHY did they go?’ The truth is, you can’t judge your real friends just by their words, you judge them by their actions. Because many will say ‘Best friends for life’ or ‘we’ll always be friends’ but the minute something discomforting or difficult comes along, they give up on what should be forever or at least close to it.
I can’t count on my hands the number of ‘friends’ I’ve lost because of conflict, time, distance or just because our roads took a detour and split.
All this has taught me to cherish the persons I do have. To try my best to keep them in my life and not allow disagreements of little fights to get in the way. I know now that not everyone is meant to travel alongside you on life’s journey. There are some that start with you and fall off along the way, then there are others who you meet up on along the way. They all have a purpose and they are all important. For they teach us the lessons we need to learn.