Ending a friendship is never an easy thing to do, but sometimes it becomes necessary to let go of people that no longer serve as a support in your life. It is a hard truth to accept, but not all friends who come into our lives are meant to stay forever.
So, the question is, how do you decide when to break up with a friend?
We all can agree that over the course of a friendship there are sure to be ups and downs. It’s very rare that you and your friend will always see eye-to-eye. But it becomes a necessity to walk away from relationships that become toxic and drama-filled.
There are a variety of reasons a friendship might need to end, including:
- You and your friend no longer share the same interests or values
- Your friend has emotionally hurt you in some way
- The friendship has become one-sided and unbalanced
At the end of the day, the decision is up to you. But it should not be made hastily and out of anger. Think through it rationally. And think about what you deserve. Does your friend respect you? How does she treat other people? How does she make you feel about yourself?
Your friends should bring out the best in you. Your friends should not only see the best in you, but also inspire you to be the best version of yourself. Surround yourself with those whom you respect and admire. Have those friends who boost you up while still giving you those occasional reality checks you need.
If you do come to a point where you find yourself in a friendship that you have outgrow, sit down with your friend and talk to them about the issues you see in your relationship. Don’t discredit all of the fun and memorable moments you’ve had with them, but be honest with them. It may lead to reconciliation, or it could give you confirmation on why it is you no longer desire to be their friend in the first place.