I’m extremely, extremely lucky to know a pile of smart, funny, kind, supportive people. They pick me up at the airport a gajillion times a year, they help me move yet another sofa into yet another apartment, they are really, genuinely excited when I tell them that things are going well for me. And I suspect that these people play a huge part in why I’m such a painfully happy/productive/driven person.
Because my friends are happy/productive/driven people, too. And because I know how it feels to be loved and supported by awesome people, I’m so much less likely to tolerate negativity and foolishness in any area of my life. My emotional dance card is full. There’s no need to hang out with people who constantly whine and snipe and talk only of themselves. I don’t need to be around people who encourage bad behavior, treat others with disrespect or constantly make bad choices and seem surprised (every time!) when things fall apart.
And you know what? Even if I didn’t already have heaps of great friends – there still no reason to hang out with people who don’t bring me joy or make me a better person.
Have you ever broken up with a friend? Are you happy with your social life?