We Build Some, We Break Some
Friendships are bridges that we build, sometimes unknowingly, to cross angry waters and stormy seas, or sometimes just trepid pools of collected rainwater. As a species, we are born to befriend and socialize, but also to fight and hurt. Whatever the case may be, I think that at the very core, every human life is about relationships that we are meant to make and/or break. A friendship will teach you about acceptance, appreciation, courage, sharing, affection, loneliness, loss, rebuke, generosity, compassion, empathy, anger, forgiveness, and love.
I drew an analogy at the beginning of this diatribe between friendships and bridges. And you know how bridges can sometimes rust and fade away to brown dust. Friendships may fade away too. Sometimes the bridge might not rust away entirely but merely lose that sparkly sheen it once bore. You might look at it and wonder what went wrong and how a perfectly balanced equation turned unstable. But whatever it might be, every friendship is a bridge that's taking you closer to your calling. Even if it fades away, even if it has disappeared, it's still carried you on its shoulders on many tumultuous nights as well as several sunny mornings. Never allow yourself to discount the value of this association. Some stories end, some go on, but as long as they leave you feeling stimulated and alive, the stories are worth the reading.