Someone told me years ago that, as you move on in life, you meet new friends, and the old friends that you have had fade away.
You forget about them, you lose touch and you move on.
She said that as I got older and met new people, the ones I had known in the past would lose importance and I needed to focus on the new people I would meet and cultivate the more important friendships. To quit being sentimental and let the old ones go.
That made me unbelievably sad. This was an older woman, a mature woman, who had done and seen many things. I trusted her and I just naturally thought that what she said was what was going to happen.
That made me sad because, growing up, I didn’t have many friends. The ones that I did have, though, were my lifeline and were vitally important to me. The closest of these friends was a family that had three young girls, with the oldest (Which this session is about) being my age.
I loved them like family and indeed, they were the only ones other than my family who knew about me and my life.
I think back about that time in my life occasionally when I met and was around that older woman. She helped me out in many ways at a time in my life that I needed it, and I have some good memories with her, but I am so relieved that she was wrong about this in particular.
I still value and love those same friends I had as a child, and I am so thankful that they are in my life!
This session is Hannah and her beautiful little family that I have been so happy to see grow. They live in central Minnesota and came out here to visit us over a holiday weekend that they had off. Unfortunately, this was also when the stomach flu was going around, so Hannah and her little girl were both not feeling well when they were here, but we were able to squeeze in a session! We so enjoyed the time we were able to spend, and we look forward to next time when hopefully everyone will be healthy!
If you have those people in your life, ones who know you, know your history and have loved you from the beginning – don’t ever let them go. Don’t think that as time passes, you’re too busy to see each other or to even rekindle friendships that seem to have faded away. Value those people, you may never have someone in your life again that can fill that place.
And as you make the effort, maybe in the new year, to have friends and be a friend, remember that it is something you will never regret!