Because I am an atheist: Pharm Sci Grad

Today’s contribution comes from Pharm Sci Grad via e-mail.

Because I am an atheist…

…I am more accepting of the transient nature of my relationships with people

There’s an old religious line that goes “People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime” and I always had a hard time accepting that.  This whole religious concept of eternal life meant you never really let anyone “go” forever but I still didn’t like the idea that sometimes people would be friends and then friendships would fall apart.  I struggled with that.  Strangely enough, since I let go of any belief in eternal life, I realized that I would never really have anyone with me for a lifetime – and, well, since there is no god, it’s not like I’ve got any god with me either.  So all that leaves are temporary friends, those for a reason or a season, which means that is just the nature of life, of friendship.  What a freeing notion.

How much easier it is to accept the wonderful friends I have and to accept the changes in a relationship when the time comes, without anger or blame, because of course the time would have to come eventually.  That is just how it is.  You change, you adapt, sometimes you allow friendships to fade, but you move forward forever altered by the people who’ve entered your life.  Not because a god placed them in your path, but because we’re all fortunate enough to coexist together on this pale blue dot, and you and your friend, however briefly, recognized your shared humanity.

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