Eternal Bonds: The Transformative Journey of Lifelong Friendships Through Life’s Changes

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Happiness is found in reconnecting with old friends. The memories flood your soul, making it smile.


Life is a dynamic journey marked by constant change. As we navigate through various phases, our priorities, circumstances, and even our very selves evolve. One remarkable aspect that stands the test of time is the beauty of lifelong friendships. These connections often become an anchor, offering comfort, companionship, and understanding as we navigate the unpredictable environment of life’s changes.

In my opinion, life is all about change. I know change is scary, and many people will do anything to avoid it. But, to really grow and to find out who you are as a person requires change. For those of us with a medical condition, whatever your outlook is, we will seek out new experiences whenever possible.  Because you just never know when your abilities will disappear, and those opportunities will be gone. 

Over this past weekend, one of my old college roommates decided to visit for a couple of days. I have seen many of my old college friends over the years but in more of a group setting. It was almost like we were back in 1992-93 in our first house after the dorms. It was just a great time to catch up! 

And I also realized a couple of things:

Over the past years, I have self-isolated too much! I know there are many reasons or excuses for that.  Maybe it is the different moves I have made and never really settling into anywhere specific, my own professional drive, or goals. If you would ask others that know me, they would probably give you many different opinions of what they think my life is or has been. Mostly because I don’t like to share too many personal details with anyone. Keep people guessing, right? 

My Ataxia progression. I try to forget about my movement disorder as much as possible. But as I get older, that is becoming harder and harder. But what surprised me was that he understood most of what I was saying. There were only a couple of times when I had to slow down and repeat a sentence. 

But the one thing I will not forget is his compliment in terms of my unsteadiness. Not his exact wording but something to the effect of “Yeah, I can see you are unsteady, but you still have the confidence and look people in the eye when you talk.” It’s good to hear my confidence is still with me even if I do not always think that! 

The Essence of Lifelong Friendships

Lifelong friendships are like rare gems discovered along the path of life. I don’t remember when I first heard that, but it has always stuck with me. These connections aren’t bound by time or distance. They are nurtured by shared experiences, understanding, and care. 

These friendships, and I have probably 5-6 of them, hold a special place in my heart. And at times, I feel they serve as a constant reminder of who we were, who we are, and who we dream to become.

Adapting to Change

Change is inevitable, and as the years go by, our lives transform in unexpected ways. That is a statement for everyone in general. But for those of us with a complex medical history, it is even more evident.  Career shifts, family dynamics, and personal growth can alter the path we once envisioned.

Lifelong friendship, however, possess a unique ability to adapt alongside us. They have witnessed our journey firsthand and understand our evolution, providing unwavering support even when the path becomes unclear.

Embracing Differences and Growth

As we grow, our perspectives, beliefs, and aspirations can shift dramatically. These shifts can sometimes challenge the harmony of friendships, but true lifelong friends understand the process. They respect everyone’s journey while finding common ground.

Preserving Lifelong Connections

Protecting the core of lifelong friendships becomes crucial during all of life’s changes. Amid busy schedules and conflicting paths, it becomes important to cultivate the essence of these relationships.

Embracing New Friends Without Diminishing Old Bonds

While lifelong friendships hold a special place, it’s important to welcome the potential of new relationships without minimizing the importance of existing ones. Just as we have evolved, so have our friends. It is important to remember that!

I have always had an easy time making new friends. But the difference I always find is that my oldest friends are the ones I count on most. And I hope they all feel the same way!


In a world where change is constant, and life’s path is uncertain, lifelong friendships stand as beacons of stability and unwavering support. Remember when I said I have self-isolated? Well, that is one goal that I need to work on. 

One of the main reasons for this website/blog is to share my life experiences with Ataxia. And to make a place where everyone can share just a small part of their lives. If we can all give a little more, we can raise awareness, and all get to a place where we feel just a little better about our unknown paths.

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