During my time on this earth, I have changed quite a few jobs. As you would expect, I have met loads of different people who were colleagues at the time. I have kept in touch with the ones I was more suitable with and over time we built friendships. And these friendships have lasted through time and we all lived happily ever after.
Wait! That's not the whole story today. You see, I have also met these people at work that were funny, educated, interesting; we have spent many hours laughing, crying, discussing and bonding over common situations. However, these people are no longer in my life. Keep reading as I explain.
There are these few people that made promises to me, as I made mine to them. 'Here's my number, let's keep in touch' or 'don't be a stranger, I want to hear from you'. We agreed to stay connected and in touch and to even meet outside of work in the future. Only, we didn't. I tried to get in touch but there was no response.
They simply never got back to me. Ever. They ignored me when I reached out and just like that, I was erased from their life and -perhaps -their memory. Poof! And my question is: why bother? Why bother making fake promises to someone? Why say that you would stay in touch when you don't intend to? Why waste someone's time and energy?
This is yet another one of life's unsolved mysteries that will torture me forever. The fact that people are not how they present to be. That they are ephemeral*, they go with the flow today and they don't build real relationships for the future. They refuse to invest in people for the long term, they refuse to care, they refuse to try and to give, as perhaps they don't know that when you give, you also get. To these people, I can only say one thing: 'goodbye'.
But to all the people that have stayed in touch, that are by my side, that hear my voice, read my text, see my face, you are everything to me. You are my people and I will try my best to be there for you and support you for as long as you want me to. You know who you are.
*ephemeral (from greek εφήμερος) = that lasts for a very short time
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