People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you figure out which one it is,
you will know what to do for each person.
Friendship is such an amazing part of life, isn’t it? You basically just find people you like and decide to build a relationship with them. I’ve written about friendship a lot on my blog, because those people help us become who we are supposed to be…and in some cases, they prevent us from becoming who we are not supposed to be.
I wrote a post about friendships ending and in it I said: “Friendships, no matter what the circumstances are for why they end, are always hard to say goodbye to. People that were important to you in the past, always hold a place in your heart.”
I still believe that to be true. I still think about friends I no longer speak to for whatever reason, and I remember how important they were to me at some point in my life. When I was asked to read My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Losing and Leaving Friends by a friend who had shared a story in the book, I immediately said yes.
My Other Ex
Here’s a description of the book:
Not all friendships are meant to last forever. There can be so much good, so much power, so much love in female friendships. But there is also a dark side of pain and loss. And surrounding that dark side there is often silence. There is shame, the haunting feeling that the loss of a friendship is a reflection of our own worth and capacity to be loved.
My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Losing and Leaving Friends is a step toward breaking that silence. The brave writers in this engrossing, diverse collection of 35 essays tell their own unique stories of failed friendships and remind us of the universality of loss.
There will be tears. There will be lots of memories of your own friendships that have been lost. There may even be smiles and laughter remembering a special friend. My Other Ex may even make you want to reach out to a friend you’ve lost contact with. It’s powerful and it’s not an easy read, but it’s a read that is worth it.
The hardest stories to read were the ones written directly to the author’s ex. I’ve written letters before that have never been sent, and those words come straight from the heart.
My Other Ex stories are real and relatable. These authors allowed us to peek into the darkest, saddest, loneliest parts of their lives and it is intensely emotional to read.
So many of my friends contributed to this book, and I want to thank you all for sharing your history and truth with me. And I absolutely encourage every woman I know to read My Other Ex!
Disclaimer: I was happy to be given an advanced digital copy of My Other Ex. All opinions are my own.