College is a wonderful time, full of change, growth, and new friendships. These friendships are often formed for a myriad of reasons, and because of the constant close proximity to these friends, they grow exponentially and you find yourself realizing that you’ve found your “bridesmaids.” These girls are your support during your hard times, and the ones to laugh and celebrate with you during the great ones. When graduation approaches, you find yourself panicked as to what is to come, but deep down, you feel that these people will always be your best friends no matter the distance. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
I found myself in a similar predicament when college drew to a close; on one hand, I knew that my best friends would always stay close to me because we shared bonds so special, but on the other, I also knew that I wanted to move to a new city, and start a new life. I wasn’t sure who I was going to be close to, physically and emotionally, and I pushed myself to start the life I knew that I wanted.
Time went by, and it became clear to me who my true friends were. Some people made the effort to talk regularly, some came and visited, and others faded away. And there’s nothing wrong with that – sometimes people’s lives take different paths and they rarely cross again. Now, almost a year out of college, I’d be lying if I said that I was just as close with all of my best friends as I was this time last year. And that’s okay with me, because I’ve made new friends, and I feel closer than ever to those that I stay I touch with. Although it is a bit disappointing to watch people I used to know so well drift away from me, I know that it’s just life, and that we all take different paths that sometimes lead us away from each other.
If you are about to graduate from college and experience parting ways with friends, just know that they will always be in your heart, near or far, and sometimes life leads people in different paths in order to discover who they were truly meant to be.