What I learned from walking away from one-sided relationships

𝐀 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐈 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐚 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐧𝐨 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐧𝐞-𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩𝐬. ⁣

My desire was not based on an elevated view of self or a desire to cause anyone pain.⁣

Rather, it came from accepting the fact that authentic human connection is important to me. ⁣

It also came from accepting that I had invested much of my life in a number of activities and relationships that caused me more sadness than they did joy. ⁣

These two realizations left me with a choice to make. ⁣
𝘢) 𝘐 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘢𝘴 𝘪𝘴…⁣
… 𝘖𝘳…⁣
𝘣) 𝘐 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘱 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘯𝘷𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘮𝘺 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘦𝘭𝘴𝘦𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦.⁣

I ended up choosing the latter….⁣

…and in this journey… ⁣

I had to learn how to forgive people for misusing me. ⁣

I had to forgive myself for misusing “me” too. ⁣

I had to risk the possibility of new hurt and rejection. ⁣

… But leaving the “old normal” is the best thing that could have happened to me⁣

For every relationship that I’ve had to take a step back from I’ve been blessed with a handful more of life-giving friendships. ⁣

I’m a firm believer that I will not always find myself surrounded by the people that I expected to have around me….. Nevertheless, I will always find myself surrounded by the people who were divinely appointed to walk the journey of life with me at any given moment in time

John Eli
𝘊𝘰𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘩𝘶𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘴⁣
[𝐁𝐃²] • 𝐁𝐞 • 𝐃𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐦 • 𝐁𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞 • 𝐃𝐨 •

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