Goodbye, H

I feel it’s important to start off with the fact that I am not good at letting go or saying goodbye to anyone that has become a part of my life. I have tried to maintain friendships despite betrayals, through miles of distance, divorces, and usually without equal reciprocation. Why? I have no idea anymore. It is just not healthy and beyond that, it gives the impression I don’t respect myself. Maybe I didn’t, but I do now. M has helped open eyes to a lot of things about myself and what I really am capable of doing. Our relationship has shown me that people really do treat you, the way you allow them to. You really can hold people accountable and demand to be treated in a certain way.

Let me explain. When M and I first started dating, we were both just coming out of bad relationships. I was in a dark place and determined to stay there alone; not to be miserable, but to be numb. M fought to be with me. Being in that dark place allowed me to be brave because I didn’t want to care anymore (if that makes sense). That being said, it was the first time in my life that I set the standard for how someone would treat me. I didn’t chase him, but in fact tried to push him away. I told him everything about myself; the dark and the light and he did the same. But just when I almost pushed too hard forcing him to walk away, I stopped pushing. I allowed myself to love him. Now, I’m sure that doesn’t speak to healthy in any way but my point is that I set the bar for how I wanted to be treated. I was finally brave enough with someone (despite for the wrong reasons) to say “Hey, this is what I want and who I am. If you’re okay with that, than great. If not, there’s the door”.  I’m sure most of you are thinking, “don’t you always do that” and the answer was no. I was never brave enough to face the rejection of someone saying “thanks but no thanks”. And now, I have the best relationship of my life. He is my husband but he is my absolute best friend and we only grow closer and stronger.

I decided to learn from this and let go of the toxic people in my life which really boiled down to one person, H. She and I have been friends for almost 30 years. However, I think friends is a pretty loose term and would be better described as she is the puppet master and I the puppet. I have no idea where she ever got this control over me, but a few years ago, I noticed it was there….well, M noticed. She has always been capable of “persuading” me to do things I don’t want to do. She really isn’t a bad person and in fact, some would say she has a heart of gold. But, when it comes to me and her, she is a user and a manipulator. I truly don’t believe she had any malicious intent, but I do believe she is immature and selfish. Aside from the unhealthy issues in our relationship, we were growing apart. She is stuck in 1994 and I have grown up. I don’t want to relive all the crazy things I did every time we go out. I also don’t think our versions of reality are the same. I have goals and dreams and most do not include the local tavern every night of the week. I also despise hypocrisy. Go ahead H, make your life appear one way on Facebook, but I know what lies behind closed doors.

So, yesterday I said goodbye to her; I deleted her from my Facebook as well as her contact information. I originally thought I would hear about it, but I think she knew as well as I did that this was inevitable. We were only maintaining a dying friendship out of obligation to the past. Again, not healthy….and even as I sit here and write about the reasons to say goodbye, I still struggle with the decision. I know it is because I care, that I am compassionate and that I treasure my friendships. However, I need to treasure myself. I was brave enough to pack up my life and relocate to a whole new country, I should learn to be brave enough to love myself.

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9 Responses to Goodbye, H

  1. alliedow says:

    I had a friend who intimidated and manipulated me for a really long time, and I was too afraid to stick up for myself because I’m a lover, not a fighter, and she was/is a really great fighter. We had a lot of great times together, but the bad really outweighed that. When I moved to Germany, it gave me the confidence to cut my ties, and it’s still a decision I think about, but I know I did the right thing. And that’s what matters, knowing you did what was best and healthy for you. By letting go of this negative person, you freed up some space for more positive people to be involved in your life. And you’re so much better for it!

  2. nshami14 says:

    In general, I’m a cutter-outer and Iso much better for it. I mean, I give people a few tries, but if it’s a huge personal violation, they gotta go. LOL. Like you said, it’s a respect-for-you thing versus a hate thing. Thanks for sharing your journey and all the best with M!

  3. j0aninja says:

    Good for you!! 3 years ago I completely cut someone out of my life because as I got laid off and into a pretty bad car accident I began to feel really low. Low to the point where it was a challenge to get out of bed. I told her at one point about it all and all she said was “I’m sorry bud” and then continued to talk about her life and the guy she wanted at the time. This kind of shit continued for a while till finally I just said NO MORE. Since then she has twisted the whole thing to play victim and every so often I get told of things she has said. It’s been 3 years get the hell over it. Lol but people like that feed off of attention any kind.

  4. Ana says:

    i really loved this post & completely identify with what you are expressing. I am in the middle of letting two people in my life go- one has treated me horribly yet I feel that I am in love with him, the other is a friend who I allow to exert control over me for too long.

    I’ve been through a range of emotions about letting these people go and the guilty feeling can be overwhelming. I’m simply not used to putting myself first and telling/showing people that I deserve to be treated better.

    I love how you write, “I should learn to be brave enough to love myself”. I’m going to remind myself of this whenever I feel guilty, or think that I’m a terrible person in this situation.

    Thank you

    • Wow. Thank you for such a nice compliment and I’m glad my writing helped you. It’s hard to let go, but if you know it’s the right decision then you will be better for it. The hardest decisions are typically the right ones. Thanks for reading!

  5. Gypsy says:

    A good friend once told me that there are three types of people: those who drain you, those who leave you indifferent, and those who give you energy (she was probably quoting Oprah, but anyhow …). It stuck with me. I really do try to stick with those who give me energy. It really has simplified my life. Good for you for taking an awful big step towards appreciating your own worth by distancing yourself from those don’t. Take care.

  6. Good for you! It’s so terribly difficult to feel justified when standing up for yourself in this way, especially as you sound like a “giver” not a “taker”. But in the end, you won’t have much to give the right people if all the wrong people have taken everything away. A situation I can seriously relate to… :)

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