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The 3 Main Obstacles to Overcome When Ending Friendships

The 3 Main Obstacles to Overcome When Ending Friendships

I believe the “right” friendship happens when two people are in alignment or on the same vibrational path. In other words, when two people are both giving and receiving respect, time, and love. However, it’s not easy to accept when a friendship isn’t “right” anymore and you have to take action to end it.

For this reason, I’ve included 3 common reasons I’ve seen (and experienced myself) why it’s difficult to depart, but how we can shift our mindset about it and indeed confidently let go.

Obstacle #1:  I’m scared of not finding friends again (or quick enough)

It’s a fear many of us are crippled with, as we don’t want to be left out and feel lonely.

I remember at 19, in my freshmen year of college, I battled with deep loneliness daily. When I finally made a friend in my English class later that year, I was beyond grateful. This friend introduced me to her other friends, making them also mine. I remember thinking that I finally found “my people”.

This friend and I actually became so close that we ended up dorming in our sophomore year. Unfortunately, it didn’t go as planned. We had terrible miscommunication and really didn’t trust one another.

As much as I knew we shouldn’t be friends, I was scared. I was scared of being alone once again, and losing everyone else she introduced me to. But as time went on, it became clearer I was better off alone. And well I ended up being alone, but this time I had the belief new friends would come into my life.

And as life has it, I ended up re-connecting with a girl I met my first week of college. She was looking for a new roommate as well for the following year. We indeed dormed together and became close friends for many years.

I’ve learned there is more than enough room and opportunities to meet more people and befriend them – even when you feel there is not. Once one door closes, another door does open. You just must be aware when  a door is opening.

Obstacle #2: I’ve known them “forever”

It’s difficult ending a friendship with someone that has experienced so much with you and done so much for you. However, understand all those memories don’t go away. You can always keep and appreciate the memories.

I had a best friend throughout middle school and high school that was labeled as “best friends forever” by just about everyone who knew us. Even I couldn’t imagine us not being best friends forever, but we did have a falling out toward the end of high school that questioned that.

Our falling out was extremely public. So much so that teachers were concerned and sought to mend our friendship. I appreciated their concern, but knew we hit a roadblock that only we could fix. We spent the last few months of high school not speaking, but ended up finally talking out our issue.

Though our friendship wasn’t mended, we wished each other well for college.

Yes, I did have a difficult time making friendships in college but I can say we both ended up finding our way and “our people”. However, in know way can anyone replace those memories I shared with her. I cherish the time we had together and how much we learned from one another, especially at such a young age.

Obstacle #3: I’ll cause them too much pain

No doubt ending a friendship will result in some amount of pain – not just for them, but for you as well! Working and spending time on a friendship to have it end after a certain time, can be emotionally challenging to get through.

However, know its not lasting pain. I’ve been on the receiver side where a friend no longer wanted me in their life – and in the worse way – where they ignored me till I stopped “bugging” them. It flat out sucked, but did it end my happiness for life? Nope!

Once I surrendered and accepted this friend no longer wanted me in their life, I allowed others in and happiness followed.

Of course, I don’t think ghosting a friend is neither kind nor a mature way to let go of a friendship, but nevertheless, everyone has the capacity to forgive and continue forward with their life and be surrounded by people who want in.


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Mia Goros

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  • Amy

    I was literally JUST talking about this type of situation with a girlfriend today.
    It’s hard to let go of friendships, but when you know it’s time sometimes you just want to hold on even tighter haha. Ahhhh good thoughts friends!

    • Oh very true! When you decide to let go of a friendship you never know who else will come and hey! you never know if that friendship will come back :). Xoxo

      http://www.miagoros.com

  • I had this topic with a friend last week! We both were talking about how hard it is to find friends when you get older so it sucks that good, long friendships fall through for whatever reasons! A lot of my newest friends are met through my boyfriend now, and I don’t mind it 🙂

    • Great point! I’m glad you’re meeting new friends :). I’m 23, single, work from home and no longer in college so I have found it challenging to meet new friends and overall be social haha but not impossible. I push myself to go out to events, conferences, workshops etc. around my city and have met some of my closest friends doing that! I’m honestly surprised how many people are alone too and looking for new or more friends!

      I recently met some great new friends by joining a local hiking group. Xoxo

      http://www.miagoros.com

  • Someone once told me that I’d have many friendships throughout my lifetime, and that it was all right if some friendships ended. It just happens. It’s part of living life. In the end, as long as you learned from your friendships the good and the bad, that’s what matters. =)