Lately, I’ve been reading a lot about female friendships and it got me thinking about mine — one toxic one in particular.
The path to a happier, healthier version of myself began when I decided enough was enough. The sideways glances, the passive aggressive shade thinly masked as “jokes”, the constant competition — it had all started to take a toll on my emotional well being.
I wanted out. So, you know what I did? I left. No explanation, no teary-eyed goodbye, no looking back. Just silence. I had had enough.
For my own peace of mind, a clean extrication was necessary. It was the most loving and forgiving thing I could have done. And, I don’t regret it. Sometimes the healthiest relationship you can have with someone is none at all.
I’ve always said that one of the most beautiful things about aging is the wisdom that comes with it. I realize now that those you start with don’t have to be those you finish with. We all have choices and I exercised mine.
The separation has allowed me to focus more on developing and nurturing other, more positive relationships in my life. For that, I’ll be forever grateful.
The day I decided enough was enough also was the day I decided to take back my own story and finally stop apologizing for the edits I actively chose to make to it.