You wrote "...what about those times when we don’t get forgiveness from a friend?"
Sometimes, it's the thoughtless things we do that can nag at us. And it's harder (to my mind) making amends when we don't know the person we've harmed, whose path we may have crossed only once.
When you reach out in apology and try to mend bridges, you have done the right thing. Whether your former friends accept your hand in forgiveness is down to them - you have done your best, and you're right to let it go.
Like you, Carley, I believe there's a reason. It is time to let it go, as it's meant to be... 1980 days ago