I'm talking about friends who aren't really friends.
Friends that really just enjoy tearing you down, because they are insecure/not happy/jealous or many just a little bored and resentful?
Otherwise known as, the bully friend.
I think we all have one or two (hopefully not too many!!!) in our lives. Sometimes it's an old friendship that you continue to carry around because you feel obligated to do so.
Or sometimes it's a new friend that seemed to check all the boxes in the "good friend" department until you slowly start realizing that they aren't who you thought they were.
And, unfortunately, these people get under your skin and actually affect your mood because you have to deal with the whole "why is always trying to find a way to inadvertently dis me?! Why is she sooooo meaaaaaaaan!!!!" that goes on and on each time something happens, but then disappears temporarily when she's nice.
Or the "why am I such a coward and why do I allow this behaviour? Why don't I stand up for myself?!"
So, what's the point of all of this pondering?
I have finally reached a point in my life where I am OK with gaslighting some of the not-so-great-for-me friends.
I care about myself, I treat myself with love and respect, so why would I accept less than amazing treatment from friends?!
I think that having met some super duper strong, amazing and powerful women in the last year has also shown me what true quality is.
The way I view friendship (or any relationship, really!) is that if it's not making you better, helping you grow and giving you mad support, it's just not gonna cut it.
So how do you spot a toxic friend?! If any of the following feel all too familiar, you might be mingling with one:
-The person makes passive aggressive/bitchy/mean comments regularly
-You just FEEL like your energy is getting weakened when you see them/talk to them/think about them
-You don't really look forward to hearing from them
-You feel like you've invested much more into the relationship than they have
I'm a self-diagnosed HSP (highly sensitive person) and when people purposely use that against me like it's a weakness? Not feeling it, sista.
You don't have to be mean to people or make sly comments that are meant to be hurtful.
You have no power when you try to tear others down.
So, the point of this? I'm just gonna stick with the people that make me feel like I'm sparkly and wonderful and fun and not those that try to dim my shine cause there's isn't bright.
I have a son now, and I want to show him by example that kindness is cool. That bullies can be dropped. That support and love always win out over bitchiness and rudeness.
Who hasn't felt this way at some point, amirite?!
|That's right, motherfuckers <3|