How many of your friendships have lasted more than ten years? Which of your current friends do you feel will still be important to you ten years from now?
If I’m counting right, I’d say I’ve got five friends that I’ve known for more than 10 years. One more and I’ll have a full set of pallbearers. Which won’t matter because I’d prefer to be cremated when that time comes.
Sorry, didn’t mean for that to get morbid.
Look, I’d love to be optimistic and say that the friendships I’ve formed locally in recent years are the kind that will stand the test of time and distance, like the friendships referenced above. But I know that’s not entirely realistic. It could happen, and I’ll do my part. But in real life, people drift apart. It’s not that we choose to drift, it just happens. We start families, get new jobs, move to new places. That’s just a fact of life.
What about you? Do you have a lot of long-lasting friendships? Let me know in the comments.
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.