Friends come and go.
Sometimes even the ones that you think will be around forever.
Life is weird like that.
Different seasons of life lead to different friends coming in and out, and sometimes two people’s seasons or personalities are so different, a drift happens.
It’s not intentional. It’s not because of a lack of care.
It just... happens.
It’s a drift that typically happens without conversations around it, but before you know it, you feel quite a distance away.
But a friendship drift does not indicate that the friendship wasn’t strong.
The drift doesn’t mean that the friend didn’t mean the whole world to you.
It means things changed in one’s life, and it made the friendship as they knew it change, too.
It doesn’t mean they regret the time and effort they put into it.
In fact, I think what I would say to any of my friends I drifted away from is that I’m so thankful I got to have you in my life the way I did and when I did.
I’d want them to know that I always want what’s best for them, and I’ll always be praying for their well being.
I’m a fan of them, even if it’s a distant one.
I’d also want them to know, I don’t see my current friends as better or more valuable than I see them.
I don’t love my friends now more than them.
I know I wouldn’t be who I am without them.
They will always have a special place in my heart.
Friends who drift might always come back into each other’s life... or they might not.
Regardless, the time they had was a gift.
It’s something they will look back on in life and remember fondly.
Because a good friendship leaves the warmest imprint on a heart.
Even if a friendship drifts, it’s never forgotten.
~Kelli Bachara, The Unraveling Blog