An Open Letter To The Childhood Friends I Left Behind


I know we don't really talk so much anymore and maybe we should change that, but you still cross my mind. I think back to all of our crazy memories together and I can't help but wonder about your life now. Are you doing alright? Are you happy? I wish I knew your answers, but since we've grown apart it's hard to reach out and start these deep conversations with you.

It's amazing how much life changes and how quickly these changes occur. If you stop and really look at the big picture, it is crazy to analyze how many people come and go in and out of our lives. Everyone you ever meet is somehow a part of your life, but not many relationships and connections you make in your life will last forever. I am really sorry that our friendship was not permanent, but you are still incredibly valuable in my life. No matter how long we go without talking, I still consider you a part of my life and that will never change. We may appear to be dramatically different from the kids we were back then, but we will always have a connection at the core.

We were invincible and carefree together. We knew everything and nothing all at the same time. Back then, our biggest concerns were getting found first while playing hide and seek or getting called in for dinner during the middle of a game. We were hyper and indefatigable most of the time, never worn down by the stress of the real world or looming emotional baggage. The only bumps in the road we faced were the pebbles in the street that threw our bikes or scooters off as we rode through the neighborhood.

I hope you know that I am still here for you and always will be, no matter how much life tries to separate us. While we may go on living in our own separate worlds, I hope that one day our paths cross again. If our lives do happen to intersect, would we still get along? We have developed into new versions of ourselves since the time of our friendship, so would our personalities still coincide nicely or would conversation begin to feel awkward and forced? It's hard to say and maybe we are better off without the answer, but I'd like to think that deep down we could still find that old friendship. If anything, I would love to reminisce with you, because being a kid is such bliss and remembering those snow days, summer nights, scraped knees, ice cream cones, and dance parties fills me with nostalgia and joy.

I hope you think back to some of our silly memories and smile. I hope life treats you well and gives you everything you want. I hope you have good friends now that make you laugh and stand by your side. I hope to hear from you again someday soon.

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