So I heard this analogy once. I don’t remember exactly where, or the exact quote, but I know the gist of it.
Relationships are like a tree. Now, you, you’re the tree. The trunk.
You’ll meet people that are like leaves. Some fall off right away, some hang out for a while before falling away. But they all eventually fall away.
Then you’ve got branches. Branches are tougher stuff, they bring some leaves with them, but they stick around longer. But after a while, branches can fall away, too.
Sometimes you get somebody that’s like a trunk. You end up a tree with two trunks. Like when you get married, your significant other becomes that other trunk. But sometimes, after a long time, that extra trunk can fall away too.
Then you’ve got roots. Roots connect you to the earth. They hold you down, keep you rooted. They’re the ones that are there when all the leaves and branches and extra trunks fall away.
If you’re really lucky, you’ll have a lot of roots in your life. Hold on to them.