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“Friends are the family we choose for ourselves”. If this is the case how come some of them stay and some of them go? How come we’re close to a friend and then one day something happens, which we may not totally understand, that changes that friendship forever?

I like to think of life as a train made up of different wagons. Puffing and churning as it travels up mountains, down hills, through forests and cities until it finds its way home.

One of its wagons is the ‘Friends’ wagon. Some friends are with us from the beginning of our journey and they accompany us throughout. Some friends we pick up at different stops, the city, the mountains or the forest, they ride along until one day they get to a stop that seems attractive to them and they decide to get off.

The reality is, along the journey of that train, no one remains the same. At each stop, new lessons are learned, perspectives are renewed, and new experiences are gained that help us mature and grow. They make us contemplate why some people are in our lives and we may find that the reasons that made us cling to them in the past no longer apply to this leg of our journey. As a result, some of the friends we’ve made along the way can no longer be with us on this journey. For different reasons we grow apart and we take different routes.

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