The past few weeks have really given me a new perspective on friendships and relationships. I’m not a confrontational person. I avoid it whenever possible in favor of trying to be the peacemaker. And, apparently, I expect too much from people, particularly those I call friends.
I never expected a friend to take advantage of me and use my name in a public forum to give himself some sort of credibility. And ultimately, include my name in a lie. A partial truth does not make it true. That friendship is sadly over. I have been devastated by it, but finally came to accept that that is not a friendship I’m willing to fight to keep. Especially when one side cannot accept any responsibility and only point fingers elsewhere.
I never expected friends to so harshly criticize another one of my friends TO me. Over and over. You don’t have to have the same friends as me, that’s fine. But to take every opportunity to talk badly about someone that you KNOW I am friends with, and then to act all indignant when I am “overly-defensive” about it…I just don’t get that. If it was you people were badmouthing, you’d certainly expect me to defend you. And I have.
Guess what? I don’t like some of your friends either, but I’d never try to point out all their faults to you because I respect our friendship. And because it’s not my business. This one has been eating away at me for 2 days, can you tell?
See, when in the moment, I rarely react. I don’t cause a scene. I bite my tongue. I try to keep the peace. Then it festers inside me and I want to just explode at that person. But the rational side of me says, don’t do that…you’ll say something you’ll regret. So in the end, I feel like a doormat. And THAT pisses me off even more.
And then to top it all off, I feel like I am surrounded by infidelity lately. Real or imagined. Attempted or acted upon. Online or in person. I’m just sickened by all of it. And so disappointed.
While I try not to judge, it is yet another thing that is forcing me to re-examine some of my friendships. In one scenario, I want to beat the offending party to a pulp, because that friend broke my (closer) friend’s heart. And yet, in another, where my friend is the offender, I want be there for them. And in a third, I want to cease interactions with both parties. Is it the difference in the “level” of indiscretion that makes me react differently? Is it the length of my friendship with them that effects my feelings towards it? Am I a hypocrite? What is wrong with people?!?!
Again, perhaps my expectations in all relationships are too high. And perhaps this is why I haven’t found someone to share my own life with. And perhaps I never will. And that depresses me.