There are no rules or formal structures that govern friendships. It’s time to rethink how we imagine these bonds as enriching our lives.

An ode to broken friendships, the multiple-BAFTA-winning film The Banshees of Inisherin explores the fragilities of bonds that have run their course.

Friendships are like blue chip stocks. Invest in the right ones and the returns can be exponentially high. But most people either don’t stay invested—or cannot stay invested. Then, there is something else that is unique to friendships that is very unlike other relationships. Friendships are voluntary relationships. And friends are people you choose to invest in. Some evolve. Some fall. Some are forgotten. Some don’t feel like what they used to be. And then, at some point, as the exigencies of life take over, many of us forget what it is like to forge new friendships.