Hi guys! I’m switching things up today and talking about something important to me: friendship.
Having just celebrated Thanksgiving (and Friendsgiving), I’m feeling especially grateful for the friendships I have. For a while now, I’d been wanting to be an even more thoughtful friend. Unfortunately, I ran into a roadblock: time. It took me a while, but I finally accepted that it’s ok to let go of the friendships that no longer bring you happiness. Sometimes you mutually grow apart or sometimes the effort just isn’t reciprocated (myself included!). It’s not black and white, so taking time to reflect on what was meaningful to me helped clarify things. This transition didn’t happen over night!
Since re-prioritizing, I have had more energy to reinvest in the people I really care about, and the people that really care about me. These are the people that will bend over backwards for me, cheer me on, and genuinely make me laugh. They’re constantly inspiring me to be brave and bold, to strive for the best and never settle, and to be the best version of myself. Most importantly, they see and accept my flaws (we all have ’em!), and vice versa.
It was a hard mental adjustment at first, but I can honestly say that I feel so much happier. And to clarify, by no means did I cut ties with anyone. I still appreciate my other friendships and love catching up over coffee or brunch – but I simply re-prioritized my time by putting more energy into the relationships I want to grow. I’m not a friendship expert, but I have chosen to surround myself with only those who lift me up, and, on my end, I try to be the friend I would love to have.
Has anyone already adopted this philosophy? Or does anyone believe in an opposing one? I’d love to hear your thoughts!