The Friendship Fizzle

Things change over time. It’s a lesson I am continually learning, so I am willing to bet that there are a ton of others out there who feel the same way. Relationships are no exception to this rule be they friendships, family relationships or love involvements. That’s why today I want to take a moment to talk about the “friendship fizzle.”

Most of us have experienced friendships that, for whatever reason, fizzled out for a time, or possibly, forever. Most of the time we look to place blame on who ended the friendship, what that person did to make us mad, or we point the finger at ourselves and focus on our own contribution to the friendship ending. While it seems to be largely human instinct to function this way, I also believe it’s unproductive.

Sure, there are times when we screw up and we need to eat crow, apologize and learn from our mistakes. Other times we catch a case of life circumstances and we need to just chock it up and move on. This happens in friendships. All. The. Time.

Being in my late twenties, I find that my friends can be all over the place in terms of their lives. I am married with three dogs, a cat, and ten chickens, for instance. I work at home in what can be a competitive field and also an unforgiving one. I have a routine that corresponds to that set of circumstances. Some of my girl friends are single, they have weekends free and can decide on a whim what they want to do. I have friends who are on the brink of marriage and their schedules are so packed I can barely get a moment of time with. Still I have other friends who are on the verge of parenthood and the only time I am likely to see is at the baby shower.

We’re all in different places. I find that at certain times, I have friends whose circumstances jive more with mine and we hang out more and then there are others who fizzle because we just aren’t on the same path. I used to look at this and say, “What are we doing wrong as friends? Why aren’t we hanging out?”

The more time that goes by, the more I realize that these relationships ebb and flow, like the tides, and it’s a natural occurrence that can be good. It’s a part of the natural cycle.

True friendships endure the test the time, no matter how long you have spent apart doing your own thing. In my life, I have never lost a true friend. So if you feel a friendship fizzling, don’t fight the inertia of it, just let it take its course; though it may be a disappointment, it could also be a blessing in disguise.

Tell me...have you had a friendship fizzle recently? Did your friends change as your life circumstances (marriage, babies, or work promotions) came about, or have you had the same group of friends your entire life? Discuss in the comments section below!


  1. It is difficult when you have a friendship fizzle in a very small resolution in the ending of the friendship....sometimes you are on the end where you really liked the person's company and considered them like family and they never returned to your life...moving on is difficult from something that you don't know what you're moving on from

    1. This is true, small towns can often be unforgiving in this way. For me, being comfortable with not knowing what I am moving on from is hard, but also a good exercise in patience and character building. Resolution comes over time, most often. There are times when I have thought to myself, "WHAT!? WHY?" and months or even years down the road, I see those reasons.