Besides death and taxes, nothing is permanent. Nothing lasts forever.
Unfortunately, that goes for even the closest, longest-running friendships people have ever had.
When friendships end they do so in a variety of ways. It can be a spectacular feud, discovered betrayal, dodged calls, or the slow crawl of growing apart.
However it happens, the experience prompts plenty of reflection, ideally from both parties, though that doesn't always happen.
urfavblackie asked, "What happened between you and your ex best friend?"
An Unhealthy End to an Unhealthy Situation
A Lack of Interests
"We both quit doing drugs. Turns out we are actually very different people, the only thing we really had in common was the drugs." Loonycolion
"Pretty sure that stems from a fear of losing the lifestyle and not love."
"However love does trigger a very similar reaction the brain to narcotics, when constantly on something it's almost impossible to know the difference, or at least remember if it was your friend you wanted or more drugs." xRipMoFo
Straw that Broke the Camel's Back
"She was pretty passively patronizing in hindsight, but one day she took it wayyy too far and made some jokes about the sorest spot in my life publicly and refused to stop, despite me and another person telling her she wasn't funny and needed to stop."
"I made it very clear that I was pretty distraught because of what she said and asked for an apology. She ghosted."
When Friends With Benefits Destroys Friends and Benefits
"We loved each other. We fu**ed. He freaked out because he didn't know what we were (friends with benefits is kind of off the table in this scenario) and was scared of losing me so he emotionally disconnected from our friendship. But he kept sleeping with me."
"In the process of doing all of that, he treated me so badly emotionally that he basically did lose me anyway."
Grieving Too Hard
"His mom passed away while we were in middle school, and he ended up moving in with his dad who lived halfway across the country. I tried to be there for him as much as possible, but I don't think he wanted anything to remind him of his mom. I know i did because she was like my second mother."
"It sucked, but what can you do."
A Low Maintenance Friendship
"I once worked with a guy for three years and never learned his name. Best friend I ever had. We still never talk sometimes." RealECW
"I like to call people by the wrong name sometimes, to remind them that I don't care about them." Camanamanam
Should've Tried the Pep Band Compromise
"We weren't really interested in the same things anymore and we just kinda grew apart. I was more into sports and going out and having fun, and he got really into the tuba." ladies_pmme_nudespls
"Is he out of the tuba yet?" ipwn95
"I got lost in life and became the toxic friend."
"I became so obsessed with an ideology, it was the only thing I ever talked about. That alienated most of my friends and I got depressed, venting it all on the few remaining friends I had left."
"I only wanted to get high or talk about the injustices of life. It's a sad story, but he got rid of a toxic friend, and I learned a valuable lesson in life."
Enough is Enough
"She became a Born-Again Christian, and made it her mission to "save" me, knowing full well I had escaped from a similar enviroment (one that was toxic and abusive)."
"I told her I didn't want anything to do with religion anymore and she kept pressing to the point of belittling me so I cut contact."
When the Pendulum Stops Swinging
"She moved away and whenever we spoke she would talk endlessly about her own life and show no interest in mine. Whenever I called her, she had no time for me, but would be offended if she called me and I had no time for her."
"I have my own life, and I just couldn't be bothered maintaining a one sided relationship."