Romantic relationships may come and go, but is it possible to have a friendship that lasts a lifetime?
“People don’t pay friendship the kind of attention that it deserves,” said Mark Matousek, author of “Ethical Wisdom for Friends: How to Navigate Life’s Most Complicated, Curious, and Common Relationship Dilemmas.”
“Many of us think a friendship will just run on its own but that isn’t true. When we give them the focus and attention they need to thrive, they are the relationships that are most likely to endure.”
We asked Matousek to share his tips and wisdom about keeping your friends close. Here’s an edited transcript of our conversation.
But real friends don’t just disappear. If they do, sometimes we do need to let people go. Friends are our chosen, voluntary family. They’re not the ones we’re stuck with. But the truth is, sometimes people just aren’t as interested in us as we are in them. It’s part of growing up to accept that.