Some people come into our lives and leave it again, leaving no lasting impression behind. Others leave footprints on our hearts. Some people are more important to us than others, so when you find the ones that are, hold on to them.
The world’s population is massive, and hundreds, if not thousands, of people flit in and out of our lives. Finding the good ones may not always be easy; it may take tears and disappointments and heartbreaks to weed out those who we want to keep around. And of course, don’t bother with those who aren’t worth it. If someone isn’t making you happy or enhancing your life in any way, cut them out. Life’s too short to waste on the people who don’t matter. But, this makes it even more important that we hang on to those who do.
The world is a big place, and it’s all too easy to lose touch with people as lives diverge down different paths. Social networking makes it far easier to know what’s going on in everyone’s lives now, but it’s not a replacement for actually spending time with them. Real, in person conversations are the times when we talk about the big ideas, trade secrets and discuss our dreams and futures, in a way that can’t be replicated by technology.
When you find someone special though, someone who you want to talk about these big things with, someone who makes you smile; don’t lose them. We need the support of others to survive in this world. It can be a scary place, where things go wrong all the time, and can get very lonely without friends and family who are there for you. It’s impossible to keep in touch with everyone you once knew, but if they really matter to you, then try to not let that go.
There’s a common saying that says we’ll regret the things we didn’t do more than the things we did. And I think this can be applied to people too; you’re more likely to regret not making the effort to get to know someone or spend time with them, than if you do. So make the effort. Spend time with these people. Let them know how important they are to you. Don’t lose them.