Family is supposed to be a part of our lifeline. This is not the story for many and the “whys” do not matter. What does matter is that you must live a life that is healthy for your mind, body, and soul. You may even need to create distance between longtime friends and family.
A poll of over 11,000 Americans conducted in October 2022 finds that more than one in four Americans reported being estranged from an immediate family member, including siblings, parents, children, or grandparents. (You.Gov)
Polls also show that more people are experiencing loneliness than ever before. Before making the decision to separate from family or a friend, stop and think about how this relationship can work. The answer may be that space is needed or boundary lines may need to be set.
And remember that when you forgive family and friends, it does not mean that you accept their behavior or trust them again. It does mean that you need to move on with your life. Do not let someone else’s bad behavior destroy your inner peace.