Growing with Toxic Friends, and walking away ok.
I hate it but sometimes being friends with someone for over 20 years doesn’t make them a quality friend. Every 7 years every molecule in a persons body will change, including your brain. Experience and environment have a lot to do with that. I am not the person I was in 2014.
If you time and time again spend your time around someone that is toxic and speaks to you demeaningly, continually tries to drive arguments between you and other people, speaks like they are better than you instead of sharing ideas, or maybe speaking poorly about you to others then there is a problem there.
Give yourself back, your self worth. Toxic people usually are experiencing their own unhappiness in their own life, and they try to drive problems the happier you get. Look, you know you. You know how happy you are. As we age we get wiser to this. This quality in people just becomes draining. As I get older it gets easier and easier to walk away. Even with 20 year old friendships.
I am sharing this because if you are experiencing the same, maybe its time to award yourself with some peace.