People Come And Go In Our Lives For A Reason

Daily Thoughts


There is a reason why people come and go (or stay) in our lives. When I reflect back on the people I have met over the course of my life, I realise that no matter what the relationship was like with the person, I learned something from it. It’s very common for people to ask others, how someone is doing and what they’re up to now, as I’ve come to realise. But it’s rare that they truly care, and more often they just want to gossip about it. They will talk about things that they know the details of about two sentences of. I say this because I only have a very very small amount of people I talk to in my life, who know what I’m going through. It shows that often the people we will have a long term (or life time) relationship with, are the ones who truly care.

People come and go in our lives, but this happens in a lot of other aspects of our lives. These include jobs, material possessions, familiarity, new places and such. The lessons we learn from mistakes, experiences, people, new things and memories. When we are young, it’s natural to have different friendship groups especially because we change so much during those years. A common example in the way people come and go, is the way we interact and see everyone everyday at school. The day when everyone leaves the nest, people tend to only keep in contact with those that also put in the effort, time and care for. That is when you will learn that many friends interact with others out of convenience and other friendships last through distance and time.

The people who come may be in your life at that time to help you through a period of struggle or share joyful moments together. They may be someone who shows you their true colours, and teaches you the importance of surrounding yourself with those with similar values. Everyone will share different advice, but it’s the choice and ability to choose the one that is beneficial to yourself. The wonderful thing about meeting new people, is the way that we are all just strangers walking by. There is so much to discover and get to know from a person when we take the time. The encounters we have can often teach us something about the person or about ourselves. We discover more about how our mind works and how someone else may see the world.

The people who go may go naturally or through different reasons. Perhaps it may of developed into a toxic relationship, other times someone may be moving away and sometimes it’s simply that time to go separate ways. We won’t be best friends with every person in our lives, and every relationship will have its ups and downs. It’s like a chapter beautifully closing and other times it’s a chapter of your life that is much needed. People are living their own life, they’re moving and changing and sometimes two people cannot move the same direction together. It means that they must go away on their separate paths. An example is a beautiful friend I met last year. She was always there to show that she cared, listened and we shared lovely conversations together. But, over time we simply moved on with our own lives.

The people who stay are very often those such as our family and those who we share an emotional connection with over the years. They are people we place our trust and love with. Long term relationships grow over time, because both individuals experience the ups and downs of life’s roller coaster. Even through the tough times, they stick together and make the effort and time to make it work. Life is a journey, not a destination. Time will always keep going and we have to move with it. We’ve all experienced good and bad relationships with people, but a few things I find very important in a positive friendship is to have trust, similar values, the ability to make time, being a good listener, understanding without judgment and sharing joy for the small things.

art by Lieke van der Vorst

10 thoughts on “People Come And Go In Our Lives For A Reason

  1. This is so beautiful, and it’s so true. I’m experiencing that particularly now that I’m on the transition of going from high school to college. At the beginning it was really tough getting used to, as I’m not someone with lots of friends, but time enabled me to feel much more comfortable with myself, staying in contact with those whom I loved, and letting others go. Btw, I really, really love your writing style in all your other posts, and they’re very relatable as well.

    1. Hi Misty, I can really relate to that feeling. I didn’t and still don’t have many friends today, but I really value having a small amount of close long term friends. Thank you for sharing your experience and thank you for your lovely compliment, it means a lot to me! x

  2. It has been my experience that the people in my life (good and bad) are a bigger reflection of who I am and what I have invited into my life. I am a person who changes over time and have let go of many relationships over the years as those people no longer fit the life I am trying to create. As for the negative or bad experiences with people, well I created those too and learned a great deal from those “mistakes”, however, I only learned a lesson when I accepted responsibility for my own part in the relationship. Great post!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment! I definitely feel that we often attract the sort of friends into our lives, depending on the stage in our life. I can relate to experiencing negative relationships, and also feel that during that time I allowed it to happen for too long. The most important thing is that we always learn a lesson from those good and bad experiences!

      1. Very true Katie. I am working on setting my intentions and attracting only the good things. The only problem is that I am not always clear about what exactly it is that I want. I usually know what it is that I DON’T want. #uptownproblems

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