HOW DO I HANDLE FRIENDSHIPS I’VE OUTGROWN?

DEAR DALI MAMA:

I have had certain friends for decades but almost feel like I outgrew them. How do I handle this?

—Loyal (United States)

DEAR LOYAL:

You can always be friends with them in some way but perhaps it’s time for your relationship to evolve or shift. Perhaps you can shift to seeing them less or, if it’s a group of friends you’ve outgrown, shift to doing occasional reunions or whatever feels comfortable.

Ultimately, you must ask yourself whether specific friendships are helping you grow or holding you back. Continue on your path and the ones who are meant to stay close friends will grow with you or perhaps join up with you later. Let the others fall away and you can continue to love and honor them as ones who helped you become who you are today.

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