Sometimes you have to distance yourself to save yourself, you may ask “What do you mean by that Teish”? You’d be surprised at how many people in your life that may be toxic and you haven’t even noticed it yet. “Well, how do I know if they’re toxic”? I will say that all toxic people aren’t mean and cruel, sometimes it’s just their needs and their lifestyle that forces us to compromise ourselves and our happiness. They aren’t extremely bad people but they just aren’t for us. At the end of the day life is hard enough without toxic people, so just think about the strain on you when you’re affiliated with someone who’s toxic. Life seems so much more unbearable, you may not want to let them go in an instant and that’s okay too. In situations like this, I prefer to distance myself, if it’s not making me happy or encouraging me, IT’S NOT FOR ME! I feel as if I don’t involve myself in certain situations it won’t affect me in any way, shape, form or fashion. Distancing yourself results in a much happier life TRUST ME! You have to make your well-being a priority for a change! DO NOT DESTROY YOURSELF for the sake of someone else! This may include loving a family member from a distance and or calling off a relationship with your significant other. Or removing yourself from a friendship, you have every right to create a safer place for yourself. Don’t involve yourself in anything that may be painful! If I get a bad vibe from anything or anyone I will not dedicate my time and attention to it. Peace is a virtue that I adore and I won’t allow anyone to change that. A toxic person doesn’t see anything wrong with their actions, they play the victim, they’re self-centered, they don’t promote change & they’re ALWAYS NEGATIVE! Those are just SOME of the characteristics the list goes on! The best way to deal with these type of people is NOT dealing with them at all! Don’t be afraid to cut people off to protect your peace! The older you get you tend to be very selective about who you associate yourself with. Choose to be happy and live life to the fullest with POSITIVE people in your corner! PROTECT your peace and be mindful of who you affiliate yourself with!