Most of us are unable to retain friends as we grow older. The reasons are countless and few of them are genuine too. So if you are the one who feels guilty for losing childhood friends or school friends then you should not as it is absolutely normal.
In every phase of life, we have different priorities. Since your life is changing, you have to go with the flow. Be it studying abroad, professional life or getting married, the priorities need your focused attention. You must have realized that something you had at the first place on your priority, it has become now second. In most of the cases, that first priority even no longer exist.
When you are on your journey of a new parent, the world seems like upside down. It is the time when your priorities changed immediately. Like most of the new parents, your key priority also becomes taking care of kids. No joy can match the bliss of seeing your child growing up. It somewhere affects your friendship and you tend to lose friends. That is the point when you no longer have time to catch up with friends like you used to.
There is a time in life when you have more responsibilities and have no time to hang out with friends. It can be the time once you get married, or prepare for an exam or a promotion at work. This way, you have less time for your social life which in a way has an impact on your friendship too. You cannot overlook new responsibilities and on the other hand, you don’t wish to lose friends.
Your friendship was started on a very good note. But with the changing time, some friends unknowingly develop a toxic relationship. You may find some of them have developed interest in you more than a friend. This may turn you off if you were serious about friendship only and did not wish to think otherwise. We also tend to discover few things about our friends’ character that may not go well with our values. In such cases, it is hard to retain even our best friends.