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Don't be afraid to let people drift in and out of your life. I have mates who I don't see for months on end. I'm older than I once was, I'm less inclined to make it out to the pub or whatever, because frankly I know by now that I would rather stay in. Most of my mates have kids, and almost all of them now live a respectable drive/train journey away due to the plain old circumstances of life.
The people who really matter will stick in touch and they'll understand, because it happens to us all as we get older.
You can't cling to friends the same way as you'd cling to a relationship, that's healthy for no one. I've only ever totally burnt the bridge with one person in my life, a very close friend who I'd known since junior school, for pretty much that reason. He'd legitimately get jealous of me going places and doing things with other people, and it was a nuisance. When someone gets that far up your arse and you're NOT fucking, that's when you need to step back and think about it.