I hope you silently thank the people who walked out of your life this year. For one reason or another, not everyone stays — not just romantically, but in friendships too. Not every person you expect to stand by your side ends up coming through. Some people weren’t intended to be in your story for the rest of your years, but temporary characters woven throughout your stories to teach you lessons and make you a better person. And if they left your life, I hope you don’t beat yourself up and carry it with you — but be grateful for the times you had together, and wish them well.

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