There is a level of permanence to all connections. Once a bond emerges, it cannot be severed. Relationships change and distance can occur, but you are forever joined. We are influenced by everyone we have ever connected to. We are reminded of words spoken and time spent together. Even when we grieve, we are reminded that a part of who that person is remains within our character. We learn from the individual's mistakes as well as our own. When that person shared his or her thoughts, they became intertwined with our own. When we think of our own opinions and beliefs, we are reminded of that person's opinions and beliefs. The person becomes a constant presence within the thoughts we hold. You can connect in a moment, and then you are joined for the rest of your life. There is no distance, only connection.