What they never tell you in high school is this:
the friends you find here will not always be found.
Some will be lost along the way–
some among the walkways of school,
some after you walk out the doors for the last time,
some after you leave a college campus,
and some after a major fall-out.
They never tell you that some of these friends were never meant to be life-long friends–just temporary.
They shape you and make you for a limited time, and then they go, because their job is done.
But then you’ll find new friends.
Some, again, are temporary.
But some will last you a lifetime, becoming a whole new sort of family.
They never tell you that it’s okay to let go of those you’ve called friends for years.
For sometimes as we age, we become different people and just naturally fall away.
And there’s no need to mourn or worry. Because those friends will always be friends–but they’ll just be the sort of friends you meet in happenchance decades down the road and with whom you strike up a reminiscent conversation.
They never tell you that this is a natural part of life. It’s a natural process of growing up and growing apart . . . and that it’s okay.
It’s okay if we just take different paths and let good, long friendships fall by the wayside.
There’s an inherently sad, yet peaceful goodbye in these types of friendships. It’s saying, “See you later,” but with a somber, knowing tone that this “later” will be years down the road.
They never tell you this in high school . . . and really, it’s all okay,
for all of us are meant to learn this along our own ways.