Friends will come and go

Friends will come and go

Photo Credit: Shivanjali Sewak

Writer Yasmin Akbari and her friends Heather Wicks, Julie Du, and Shivanjali Sewak.

December 19, 2011

Yasmin Akbari

High school is a time when many people branch out and begin to develop themselves as individuals.  You meet a plethora of new people and are constantly making new friends.  Unfortunately, sometimes that means having to leave some others behind.  The friends you make during junior high and freshman year are not necessarily the ones you will end up with once graduation rolls around.  Throughout the four years, you come across people from all walks of life, and some may begin to appeal to you more than others.  It’s all part of branching out; you may decide to join a sports team or club that other friends of yours don’t.  Excuse the cliché, but that’s all part of growing up.  After graduation, the same cycle will repeat itself as you and your friends part ways.  It is unrealistic to expect that you will keep in touch with every single one of your friends from high school.  People grow and change who they are–it’s inevitable.  That’s what is supposed to happen.

While I am a strong advocate for loyalty to your friends, I don’t believe loyalty entails only being friends with those few people.  I love the thrill of making new friends and getting to know new people.  I can’t help but break out of my friends group and venture out with others every so often.  My friends circle is invaluable to me and they make up a huge part of who I am, but we all also have our own lives.  It is crucial to remember that you cannot be solely dependent on a few friends to get you through life.  Having a few close friends is essential, but it is okay if those few people change through different stages of your life.  It’s all part of the excitement; it keeps things interesting.  I look forward to seeing who I end up keeping in touch with after high school.