I find the idea of friendship to be very interesting, it’s funny how you can be away from a friend from several years, but return to normal conversation as though they never left. On the other hand you can have a long friendship with someone you see often come to an end due to a minimal infraction. It’s been said that “absence makes the heart grow fonder,” but I would say familiarity makes the mind grow callous. I have lost friends due to things that were exceedingly unimportant, especially looking back at them. Think about when you were a kid, I’m sure you have stopped talking to people just because someone else said so, or they never gave back a pencil. I like to wonder how far some of these relationships would have gone if they were allowed to grow. I know I’m not the only person in the world who thinks about what he would do with a time machine, my first choice would definitely not involve fixing old friendships, but that’s a topic for another day. Getting back on track, I love the feeling of running into an old friend and still finding commonalities in interests and hobbies. I like to imagine myself and a few old friends were built with the same personality template, and just ever so slightly deviated from common paths to stay similar yet different. I have been told “it is difficult to find friends as you get older,” I found that to be quite untrue. As a child I became friends with others based on placement and convenience, but as an adult I find there to be much more substance in friendships. Adult friendships are usually forged from more significant factors and events, although there are many superficial friendships, I find longer lasting adult friendships are based on more substantial things. The act of letting people into your life can sometimes be annoying, and extremely taxing, but it is one of the best ways to stay grounded and quite possibly one of the best ways to live a happy life.