One of the issues in life is the reality of “endings.” They come in two kinds – happy, good, desired, and necessary – and – difficult, hurtful, undesirable, and sad. Facing them well is a matter of learning and commitment. Learning to handle them with wisdom, and accept the outcome regardless of whether it is “good” or “bad” demands our clear attention and perspective.
Ending a relationship, for example, is often difficult and painful, but mandatory when it is damaging or dangerous to one’s future well-being. Teen-agers often find themselves in an environment that pushes them to a wise and prudent end to a “friendship.” The introduction of alcohol, drugs, sexual misbehaviour (etc.), along with any disruptive behaviour, must lead to an ending of an unhealthy friendship.
Ending a relationship(s) that allows for both individuals to move forward in maturity and insight is one that falls in the “wise” range. Leaving a relationship to move to another area, or to attend a University, or relocate overseas, frequently leads to an end of a youthful relationship, understanding that maturity normally changes one’s focus and future. The difficultly can be deemed good and produce genuine happiness for a necessary end.
Remind yourself that the end of a relationship is not always the end of a friendship. The end of “something” is a prominent part of life. Handling it takes a toll. But we survive, and discover that life is a gift to use wisely and with mature insight.