Becomes someone you knew.
How often does that happen? Too many times as far as I’m concerned.
There are many reasons. People relocate to new places and meet new people. Interests change. Spouses change, making once close relationships uncomfortable.
It’s tough maintaining relationships today. But as we get older, we learn to appreciate those who stay with us, and those we reconnect with after several years.
Facebook and Instagram have helped me reconnect with people I’d sadly lost contact with over the years, which I’m delighted about. I may not see some of these friends often, because they aren’t living close to me. But we’ve rekindled friendships, which are important.
The sad thing is, many people I used to know who are living here locally are no longer people I know.
Oh, I know them. And we used to be close. But life changes, and we don’t even realize it until it’s too late and those friendships disappear, lost in a sea of being too busy or not really caring any more, or having such strong viewpoints on subjects we can’t even agree to disagree on. And the friendship is gone as quickly as it began.
And they become someone that we used to know.
Fortunately, in my case, many friends who moved away are still close, and we see each other a few times a year, but talk or text regularly. Friendships that are still strong and growing.
It’s sad when people we used to know become just that. People we used to know. Maybe we were friends, but maybe we really weren’t.
Maybe we never really knew them, because we now hear them say things we could never imagine them saying or even thinking!
Sort of hard to tell sometimes, isn’t it?