It's hard to keep a friend and it's hurting when you don't receive the same feeling. I know you know what I'm talking. It's hard when you're existence as a friend is just taken for granted especially when everything is in good condition.
Distance. It's actually the most common problem one encounters, may it be from love or from a mere friendship especially in teenage years. It's also one of the primary reasons why one forgets until the relationship goes back to a single hi hello relationship. It's sad but it really happens.
Most of us have a lot of friends but how is the word "friend" originally defined?
Word History: A friend is a lover, literally. The relationship between Latin amīcus "friend" and amō "I love" is clear, as is the relationship between Greek philos "friend" and phileō "I love." In English, though, we have to go back a millennium before we see the verb related to friend. At that time, frēond, the Old English word for "friend," was simply the present participle of the verb frēon, "to love." The Germanic root behind this verb is *frī-, which meant "to like, love, be friendly to." Closely linked to these concepts is that of "peace," and in fact Germanic made a noun from this root, *frithu-, meaning exactly that. Ultimately descended from this noun are the personal names Frederick, "peaceful ruler," and Siegfried, "victory peace." The root also shows up in the name of the Germanic deity Frigg, the goddess of love, who lives on today in the word Friday, "day of Frigg," from an ancient translation of Latin Veneris diēs, "day of Venus."
Basing on how it is defined in dictionaries,
1. a person you know well and regard with affection and trust;
2. a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard
3. rareBased on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.
Friends are the external part of the family. Who they are may also appear as reflection of you. Personally, having a friend is vital in one's living. We don't really need a lot. We only need some that are real. They are the ones who care and who tries to understand us when it is hard to reach our family even though physically they are just near. Friends are there to make our burdens lighter and our living much easier than it may seem especially in this world full of strangers and mysteries.