To All the Friends I’ve Lost Before

It’s the time of the year again when there’s less sunlight and more gloom-filled days. School is the main priority and days are spent studying with little time to relax. A few days ago, I saw some old pictures on social media that reminded me of the many friends I had lost contact with before and since starting university.

Cadboro Beach – a perfect place to get fresh air and a break from UVic. Because of its close proximity to UVic, I often went with my friends.

Although I’ve made some friends at UVic, sometimes it’s hard to stop myself from reminiscing about broken friendships.

I decided to write this letter inspired from the movie, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I hope that when you are reading this, you will remember your old friends fondly.

“Dear…,

I still remember our wonderful memories together, whether it be at the numerous beaches around Victoria, the park, school, at sleepovers, or around town. Conversations were filled with hope, dreams, many stories and jokes.

Our laughter used to fill the streets, echoing and swirling around, encompassing everyone with joy. People would look at us funnily or give disapproving looks when we were too loud and disruptive. There was less drama when we didn’t have petty discussions and enjoyed the heck out of each other’s company. Unfortunately our time came to an end.

Some friendships had no proper ending or event to dictate the fall-out while others did.

Lot 1 pasta with friends

We still remained on good terms and would talk or smile when we saw each other. For some, it’s been many years since we were friends, for others, it hasn’t even been a year yet.

How are you?

I want to know that you’re doing great and that life couldn’t be any better. I hope to hear that you’ve found your passion and are working hard towards your goals. I hope to see you thrive and when that happens, I will truly be happy for you.

Afterwards, I can share all my exciting stories and experiences that happened since we stopped being friends, not to make you feel bad, but just so you can get to know me better too.

I wonder if you also remember the days when we were friends.

My first time at Market Square was with you and we had a blast trying to take photos before the sun set.

Although we didn’t turn into complete strangers, we are more like acquaintances now.

Do you ever miss our friendship or wonder what happened to it?

I’m not happy that we stopped being friends but I can’t change what happened. We are on different paths now and if we get a chance to meet again, I would love for us to get to know each other as different individuals.

To all the friends I’ve lost before, I’m glad I met you and that we could become friends. I hope you have a solid support system beside you now and wish you all the best in your future.

Sincerely,

an old friend.”

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