I used to think it was important to save relationships with people who I knew deep in my soul were no longer meant to be in my life. It's harder when its a family member but I would rather be surrounded by people who love me so much it's hard for me to comprehend than force myself to be around people who truly dont care about me at all. When you love yourself and respect yourself, I mean truly love and respect yourself, you will have no problem cutting ties with people who no longer help you grow as a person. Is it painful? Yes. It's a heartbreak. Is is lonely? Yes. Change is supposed to be uncomfortable. Does it make room for people who will love you in a healthy way and present opportunities for you to shine and take you on adventures too magical for the mind to understand? Yes. With every loss comes a gain you never expected. Will it happen overnight? No. So what do you do? You grieve, you feel, you cry, you get angry, you fall apart and you embrace being uncomfortable for a little while. Then one day you realize you have the opportunity to start over, to rebuild, to rediscover yourself and before you know it you're smiling again. You're creating art, you're dancing in the rain and laughing so hard it hurts. You look at yourself in the mirror and think "wow! What was supposed to break me didn't and I feel good." Sometimes making the choice to let go of someone toxic is the best thing you can do for yourself. It's never easy but its extremely rewarding in the end. I promise you that.