Letting Go

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I had a day…both good and a little sad.  Today was the first day of spring that we haven’t had snow around AND we could go outside without boots, jackets, mittens, etc.!  It was about 40-ish degrees and sunny from the moment I woke up.  I watched the sunrise this morning with a hot cup of coffee- a rare but favorite delight!  The sun is so bright when it seems like you haven’t seen it for 6 months!!  I feel like I’ve been trapped in the hospital for 6 full months- and it’s good to feel alive again!  The sun was so warm on my face, the air was still a little crisp, and the birds were singing!  It felt like not only the world around me was thawing from a winter freeze, but I am thawing, too.  It’s easy to go numb in the winters both literally and figuratively.  I hadn’t felt like myself in AGES, simply because I couldn’t go outside!  Finally, it’s spring.  At long, long, LONG last!

I am studying so much lately…my boards are this Wednesday.  Not looking forward to it, exactly, but definitely am sick of studying and ready to be done with it!  Studying is good, I guess, but it affords a lot of quiet time…and then my mind wanders.

I got a little sad today during just such a moment when my mind wandered.  I was sad that it has been so long since I have seen very many of my old friends; in some cases, years.  Some of them I can’t really even call friends anymore, we’ve drifted so far apart.  I thought back to our wedding, and how a lot of those “friends,” whom I thought would’ve supported my wedding or cared about it, did not.  After all, I’d supported, if not attended, sent cards, gifts, and thrown showers for all of their major life moments(weddings, babies, graduations), because I love my friends!  So, naturally, I thought they would’ve done the same for me, right?  Wrong.  I didn’t even hear from some of them at all.  I called them- some never called back, nor texted, facebooked, etc.  Some were downright rude when we did talk–and I had considered those people my good friends!  It was painfully clear to me that those people didn’t really want to be friends anymore.  And it hurt my feelings…a lot.  I know we’re all busy, but when they had their moments, I was there if I could be, and if I couldn’t be I sent gifts, cards, happy emails, FB messages, etc.  I made an effort.  I got none in return.

But it doesn’t even just stop there.  I had family members…yes, family members, who RETURNED my graduation announcements, save the dates, wedding invitations, etc back to me, if you can believe it.  It wasn’t bad enough already that they didn’t care about it at all, they had to actually return them to me, as if I had no business sending it to them in the first place.  What a slap in the face.  I am so not over it, obviously (I am shocked to say).  From family, that is inexcusable.  I can forgive, and have forgiven, an awful lot of foolishness in the name of family.  I realize there was family drama.  Which by the way, I personally have had no hand in any of that family drama.  Not that it matters.  Obviously, they have a problem with me, though, so now I have a huge problem with them.  I’m not even sure what I would say were I to run into these people- but boy, they would get an earful.  I may look young and sweet (as so many patients tell me), but my profession has required for me to roar like a lion when necessary- and they, at this point, deserve to hear some roaring.

I have spent countless nights crying about these lost friends and family, beating my brains out about what I’ve done wrong, what I could’ve done differently, is there anything worth trying to salvage with those relationships?  I still don’t have the answers.  I do know that all of the people we meet and befriend are not meant to be in our lives forever.  And a precious few are meant to be in our lives forever.  Here’s the part that took me until today to realize: we don’t get to choose which people fall in which category.  And I need to let go of those people, to stop letting them drag me down-because not a single one of them is worth it.  Not one.  Jerks.  Now if I can just figure out how to do that, I’d be in business!

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6 Responses to Letting Go

  1. Mrs. Kurth says:

    I know exactly how you feel! Isn't is sad how our family used to get together for every holiday and now we don't even see each other?Just because a few people can't get over themselves, put others ahead of themselves, and get along for the sake of the family. We don't have to like each other, but we have to love each other!

  2. Janet says:

    I am so sorry Laura, I have never understood why my children, neices and nephews were deliberatly hurt by those who were mad at us. We have made it a point to go out of our way not to ever do this to anyone else's children. Just know that it NOT anything you have done. We all have to do what we know in our hearts is right, and sometimes we take the fall for that. Any anger should be directed at us, not to you or anyone else. Love you sweetie, and let's see what we can do about these family get-togethers!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Lauren — it is their loss; but I know how you feel. We give and give and give to those we love & think are friends forever. But, alas, they are fair-weather friends. A true friend once told me that a real friend reaches down to lift you up and is there no matter where or when or how. Those are the ones you remember & hold on to. I agree it is hard to let go sometimes — but remember they probably weren't really friends back then. We love you — Vicki

  4. TeamOSM says:

    Oh Aunt Janet, please don't apologize for other people's actions! You are not the reason why some people choose not to involve themselves in the Middleton family. Not at all!! I know as someone who married in, YOU always made me feel like part of your family…always!

    LB, I feel you. I also get emotional when I think of the people I used to think would be there forever…and they just aren't. Take heart in knowing that even if you HAD done everything right and said everything right, these people would still be gone. Some people serve their purposes in our live quickly. Some we are fortunate enough to have linger.

    Don't stop reaching out if you think the relationships are worth it. Sometimes people need a second- or fifth- chance!

  5. Janet says:

    Thanks Lisa, I love all you girls… 🙂

  6. Lauren says:

    Wow! I had no idea anyone else shared these feelings!! I am so relieved to hear it!! So much good advice, thank you so much! I felt a lot better already just having written about it, but now I feel a million times better knowing all of you lovely ladies have got my back. Who needs those people at all when I have such amazing people here in my life?!

    Agree with Aunt Janet- I love all you ladies, too <3

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