Why Do Friends Fade Away?

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We are all good at hiding things. Keeping things secret. Keeping things to ourselves. Concealing things deep down that no one even knew about. We have become masters of the art of disguising our pain and our sorrow.

WHY DO FRIENDS FADE AWAY?

By Al Garcia

We are all good at hiding things.  Keeping things secret.  Keeping things to ourselves.  Concealing things deep down that no one even knew about.  We have become masters of the art of disguising our pain and our sorrow.

I feel bad that I wasn’t there for you when you had to hide and keep those things from me.  I cannot begin to imagine what you went through, alone and without a friend to talk to and to share in your time of need.  I may not have been able to ease your pain or sorrow, but maybe I could have been there for you in some other way, the way we used to be.  I feel I failed you in some inexplicable way. 

I think that over the passage of time and the many heartaches and joys that have come our way, I have come to realize that we have always had some intangible and indefinable bond.  Something beyond a simple friendship or a kinship.  It may have been dormant at times, and even now, but it was and is always there nonetheless.  I have always been there for you whether you knew it or not, as I thought you were for me.  A wordless link sustained by fate or destiny, I do not know. Just being there I thought was all we ever needed, as if it somehow it was meant to be. 

It felt comfortable and natural talking to you and knowing you were there.  You know things about me that no one else has ever known.  You know my feelings and emotions and even when to back away and let me be.  And I know you better then you know yourself I think.  I know you are kind and you are gentle.  I know your heart and have glimpsed your soul.  And that is why I cannot understand why we have drifted so far part.  Was it a word I said, a gesture or a deed that made you walk away?  Why did you just fade away?

Do not keep me in your rearview mirror any more, simply glimpsing back at me, but nothing more.  No more secrets, no more hiding from those who are there for you and truly understand and care.  We have already spent a lifetime hiding from everyone, let us spend the rest as friends, remembering the memories that we once made and shared.

You can continue to look in the rearview mirror if you want, but please also know that now and always, you can look ahead with me as we did before.  I want to walk and talk with you again, as friends again, the way we used to be.


Submitted: May 26, 2021

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