I said goodbye to a friend this week. And no, before you think the worst, no one died. Only the realization that two people should not put each other through trouble anymore. When expectations of what being a friend means differs tremendously between two people, it’s time to end the pain.
And that’s okay.
Full disclosure, a regular question to me over years would go like this – “She’s doesn’t seem that happy with you. Why are you friends exactly?”
While differences can be part of the fun, if those differences cause someone pain, well, time to cut the cord, no? It’s okay not to be friends with everyone.
I mean, come on… different strokes for different folks.
It’s quality. Not quantity.
Friends compliment life. And when necessary, they challenge you. But if they try to make you something you are not, to fulfill their needs, then… is that friendship? What’s worse is if they try to make you feel bad, over and over again, for being yourself, then it’s clear they’re not happy with you as a friend and again, why are we friends exactly?
Not easy, though. Especially when dealing with human emotions.
But I’ve learned over the years that friendship is whatever a pair defines it to be. I have been blessed with dear friends I’ve retained since my teens. And while we may go a year without talking, we know we care about each other as life moves swiftly and we go in different directions.
Friendship is what you make of it. If both people really want to be in it.
“Real friends were the kind where you pick up where you’d left off, whether it be a week since you’d seen each other or two years.”