Nothing, they say, lasts forever. This cliché may also apply to friendships. If we think that a good friendship will last forever, we may be wrong. Every, or any relationship may end. Very few friendships survive; the lucky few.
We develop many friends in our childhood, and go on our separate ways in high school. Most of the childhood friendships end at that stage, and new friendships are formed. Same pattern is repeated after college. We go in different directions to pursue different goals and careers. The contact with friends is lost and slowly these friendships also end.
Friendship is like a river. It flows towards its destination and on the way it meets many interesting people. Relations between friends change, for example, if one or both of them get married to other people. The entry of a new person may bring irreversible changes in friendships. Disagreement over issues may bring very old friendships to a sudden end. A friendship is formed because friends have common interests and opinions. Once they begin to have different opinions, there are more of disagreements than agreements during a talk. This brings the friendship down by souring the relationship.
Friends also have expectations from friends. Relationships are not always totally selfless. If a friend fails to meet certain needs of another friend when required, it could hurt the friendship badly. Every relationship has its ups and downs. It is for us to think optimistically or be a pessimist. Friendships do die for different reasons, but it is not a universal law.
Many friendships survive over a long period and give immense joy to the friends. Nothing is certain, but we can try and give it all it takes to sustain happy friendships; or what do you think?
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