Considering the Online Dating Game
Once again, I am finding myself eating my words, so my first piece of advice is to never say never! I have stated on many occasions that I could not imagine using an online dating app to meet a partner. Spoiler alert, I have not yet joined the ranks of many successful relationships that began this way, although I have decided to investigate the option further.
Identifying friendships by value, not proximity
My closest friends are scattered all over the country due to my moves and life taking us in varied directions. These dear friendships bring me such joy and comfort, they will forever hold a place in my life regardless of new relationships developed. Some of these friends I speak with regularly, others have taken on more occasional connections, but each of these individual I hold in high esteem. Each of them I would drop just about anything to be by their side if they were in need.
Setting Boundaries in Relationships: The difference between Friendship and Self Appointed Therapist
1) Do you have a relationship where you are perpetually the listener? The one who always picks up the phone and provides the support shoulder for the arguments, frustrations and worries of the day. Are you feeling repetitive conversations in which it feels as though you infuse moral support, yet the individual is not learning, growing or making any changes to improve their situation? Perhaps the communications are grossly lopsided in that you serve as the listener, but lack reciprocating support when you need to vent.