thank you so much for this beautiful article. i have been searching for a long time for a good article about toxic friends, and this is the very best one i have read. would love to read more from you about what a healthy vs. toxic friendship feels like and looks like.
I had to do these things too. An additional thing I found helped is telling people they can’t contact me through other people, which seems to be a workaround some people want to use.
Good luck. I am free, though it’s hard, I am happier.
I did this with my parents long ago. I don’t think you ever stop missing the person/people you wished they were. But as stated, one read over an email or message or memory is enough to remind you it was the right choice.