I would assume I am right in guessing that we have all experienced those friendships where one minute you are inseparable; you can't imagine life without that person and go to them for everything be it advice or company on a last minute shopping trip and then in a heartbeat it has been six months and you haven't spoken to them.
No reason. No fallout. You just no longer speak.
Isn't it weird?
I once was told by a tarot card reader that friends who come into your life, become your life and then disappear as quickly as they came into it are only there for a particular purpose at that specific time and when they disappear again it means they have fulfilled that purpose and fate has moved them on again. This man told me not to feel sad about friendships that had come and gone but happy I had been lucky enough to experience them at all.
I can understand this theory actually and being quite spiritual can believe it too. It doesn't have to be a big purpose, it could be something like they helped you find the job you have now been in for five years and are extremely successful in. It could be they were around to help you through that particularly bad break up.
When I look back on friendships that have been so significant at one point and now are gone it does seem like it was another life and like I was another person. In your late teens and early twenties I think it is normal to have transitions in friendships, you're still trying to figure out who you are and what you want from life. Maybe you're enjoying the single life or looking for a special someone to build a future with but chances are at that age you are not with the person you will end up spending the rest of your life with. Meeting that special person that you eventually do spend your life with changes everything again and changes you as a person too.
It is sad to think that we once had a friend who we couldn't live without who you now don't know anything about; whether or not they are married, have children or even if they're still living in the UK. Especially when there is no reason for you to not be talking any more other than 'life got in the way'.
The same could be said for ex boyfriends and girlfriends though. Although chances are there is a bigger reason why you aren't talking to them.......