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2015 December 21
by Stanley Quan

Ran across this quote the other day that resonated with me:

“Not all your friends need to be ‘forever-friends’, some people are just meant to be your friend for that particular time in your life.”

I don’t really know what I expected when I moved back from Wisconsin recently. Some part of me thought, probably unrealistically, that things would be just like they were when I left: same friends, just like old times. I would be welcomed back with a parade of open arms.

But for the most part, people have moved on with their lives.

And that’s okay. We were good for each other during that time.

I knew when I made the move to Wisconsin, that I was leaving family and friends behind. It’s tough to stay in touch when you go so far away and for so long.

Sometimes, it lasts though.

My best friend from high school just came back from a peace corps stint in Cambodia and even though we hadn’t seen each other in two and half years, we haven’t missed a beat. It was so great to see him and we were back to our old jokes and reminiscing about good times.

With some people, it just clicks. He’s a forever-friend, that’s for sure. No doubt in my mind.

But that’s not everyone.

To the friends who came and went: thanks.

I appreciated your friendship during that time in my life. Maybe we’ll run into each other again someday.

One Response
  1. Lisa Quan permalink
    December 23, 2015

    Not every friend can be your forever-friend. Those last are your true friends. They don’t need any promises. They don’t need to see you often. But when you need them, they are there always for you.

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