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Letting go of friends

Thursday, June 06, 2013

As each day goes by I find myself having less patience with people in my life. I used to love being surrounded by friends and family. What my friends thought of me and what they did was held very high in my opinion. The older I get, the more I realize that I put too much faith in people. I care too much about other people. I also can overreact and get hurt because I put so much into my friendships and I get very little in return. I’m also to the point that I think that social media and Facebook was created by the devil. There are days I want to delete my account but at the same time I know I won’t. I do like how it connects me to some people but I also hate how it connects me as well.

It’s hard to see someone you once considered a very close friend, someone you confided in, all of a sudden change. Maybe I’m the one being petty and I’m wrong for feeling this way. That is why I’m posting here because only 2 of my real life friends know that I have a tumblr. This friend of mine recently seemed to become BFF’s with my sister-in-law. She even apologized and said she hoped it didn’t affect our friendship. My response, it’s fine! You can be friends with whomever you want. I have been hurt by my sister-in-law but she’s never really been malicious towards me. We are just very different in our views and outlook in life. She’s family, she’s my brothers wife and the mother of my niece. I see her at events and we are pleasant with each other. I would never tell someone they cannot be friends with another person, so I have no problem with them being friends. What was hard is knowing that I had privately vented about my SIL to the friend that is now her newest BFF. I let that go though because it’s not a big deal. Then yesterday, I see this very close friend of mine became friends with my ex-husband on Facebook. It just seems odd to me. Why now? Two years after we are divorced? A lot people are still “friends” with him on there but that is because they never bothered to delete him. Heck, he’s still on my list because he rarely goes online. Yet to go out of your way to friend him now, just seems odd to me.

Am I overreacting to being hurt by it? I went through hell and back with my marriage/divorce. I tried to never ask people to choose sides. Some did, some didn’t. Mutual friends that were friends with both of us stayed that way and it’s always been fine. What I don’t understand is why and how some people who never really liked him or talked to him when we were together now think he’s this great guy!? He wasn’t terrible and had some good qualities but he wasn’t great either.

I just feel like the more time goes by, the less I want to be around people. I am becoming a homebody. I don’t want to go out to the bar, in big groups of people I fee awkward and cut off. I never felt this way before. Now I prefer to go to work, come home, workout or relax with a good book or tv/movie. I enjoy Saturday nights with my boyfriend and a glass of wine or dinner with one friend at a time. Maybe turning 30 changed me or something. I’m old and just want to be old. The people that are in my life that I make time for, I want to hold onto them tight and just let go all the other people.
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  • CHANY009
    I have to say I know how you feel! Maybe not with friending an ex but with slowly being cut off! I find as I've gotten older my need to please and impress everyone has dwindled away and I'm lift with 5 or 6 great friends and lots of acquaintances where I used to just have a lot of friends. Although I do feel lonely sometimes (2 live out of province so when the rest are busy it can feel pretty depressing) I try to remind myself that it's better to have a few people with whom I am completely comfortable with!

    As for your friend, I think I would definitely be upset about this! My ex-fiance doesn't have facebook but I would expect them to not friend him if they did. It would just seem weird, maybe you could ask her about it if you 2 are close enough? I don't know what I would do!
    1685 days ago
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