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I’ve been thinking about the people I’ve met throughout my life. The people I’ve come across in the various places I’ve lived. It’s fascinating how we can form relationships with so many different people; some can become a permanent fixture in your life, and some people come and go. But they all have an impact, no matter how big or small, the people you meet have an effect on your life.

I’ve known my best friend for nearly a decade. We’ve stuck through it since grade school, and though I only see her once or twice a year, we’re always able to pick up from where we left off, as if no amount of time had passed. Thank goodness for texting because she shares my snarky humor, and there are times during the day when I think of a brilliant one-liner and she’s the only one I know who would really appreciate it. Those kind of people are rare, and I’m lucky to have such a friendship to lean on. The same goes for my college friends. Try as we might to keep in touch with our monthly email updates, it’s hard when we’re all scattered across the country busy with families and jobs. But I know they would be there for me if I needed them, and vice versa.

Then there are people that have come and gone, like a tide lapping on a sandy shore. They come rushing in, forming a connection and striking a bond over shared interests or experiences. But over time that kinship recedes out, and that’s how it’s supposed to be. Individuals I’ve worked with over the years, classmates, neighbors…not all relationships are meant to stand the test of time, and that’s okay. But for as much time as I’ve spent with them, they’ve been part of the life lessons (good and bad) I’ve accrued.

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