Sometimes we drift apart. Or at least we used to.
I’m not talking about friend breakups. Nothing momentous. But sometimes, there just isn’t as much to talk about. There isn’t enough in common to choose to spend time together.
It’s not dislike. It’s just not priority.
And back in a time before Facebook, there’d be a natural, easy shift. And while it was sometimes a little sad to wistfully think about old times, the reality was that the connection was just not that strong.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t unfriend people unless there’s a real dislike or reason to. It just feels hurtful to me.
Maybe it doesn’t to you. But to me, it does.
And drifting is different from severing.
So in our times, what happens? There are loose ties and awkward peeks into casual or even more – lost – friends’ lives.
What does this say about us? That our communities keeps getting bigger as no one ever leaves the circles but rather move to more peripheral circles as relationships shift and priorities change?