Leaving bad friendships behind

Maddie Westbrook, Staff Writer

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Throughout your life, many people will leave an impacts on you. Whether it’s a boyfriend or girlfriend, friend or best friend, the relationships you have with other people are very important.

But what if the person who is supposed to be making you the happiest is hurting you the most? I have been there and I know firsthand how draining it is and what a negative impact it can have on your life. I believe that in a friendship, if you are feeling bad about yourself, stuck, hopeless, alone and worthless, you should leave the friendship in hopes of having a happier better life.

In a toxic friendship, the person will talk about you behind your back, use you, start rumors about you, make you feel like nothing, pressure you and do many more damaging things to you. You will feel stuck and confused because you know how the person is treating you isn’t right, but sometimes that person will still be nice to you.

People that do this are able to keep using you because they claim to “love you” and or to be just “looking out for you,” when in reality they’re just using you and bringing you down. When you stand up for yourself and say something, these people will either apologize but continue doing whatever they’re doing, or get mad at you and talk badly about you even more to other people.

It’s so hard for the person being used like this, because when you try to leave you’re told you can’t. You’re told that this other person needs you and loves you and that they’ll change. But they won’t. It’s all a part of their game. You will be the one ending up feeling guilty and defeated.

When you’re stuck in a toxic friendship, you feel like there’s nothing you can do. But whatever you get yourself into, you can get yourself out of as well. It’s hard and scary and probably one of the most difficult things you will do in your teenage years, but you will be so grateful you ended things when you did. You might feel regretful and alone at times, but in the long run you did the best possible thing you could do for yourself. Friendships are supposed to make your life better, not worse.

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Leaving bad friendships behind