Let’s say you used to be the life and soul of the party, but these days you no longer drink alcohol.
Not only are you teetotal, but you’re also now a vegetarian.
A true friend might be surprised by your change in direction, but they’ll support you 100%. They’ll even help you to make any changes you’re looking to make.
Toxic friends, however, won’t be able to grasp your changes, especially if it affects them. For example, if you’re no longer their drinking buddy or they think you’re changing for all the wrong reasons, they’ll try to convince you that you’re making the wrong decision.
For them, it’s not even about you and your happiness. It’s about them and their happiness. If your changes means you’re not the same person to them anymore, they’ll let you know.
“What do you mean YOU want to be happy? What about ME?” they’ll ask.
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