After 7 Big BFF Breakups, now I know why it’s happening to you...

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After 7 big BFF breakups, now I know why it’s happening to you…

I probably hold the world record for the most female best friend breakups in my life: seven, to be exact. If you’ve ever gone through even one best friend breakup, you know it can be more heartbreaking than a romantic breakup. This pain stems from a deeper, more personal rejection. In romantic relationships, you choose one person, but friendships can include many. Being rejected as a friend, in a context where multiple friendships are possible, feels especially personal and hurtful.

I only ever saw two archetypes for women in media: the mean girl or the unwavering BFF, neither of which I resonated with. For years, I blamed myself, thinking I wasn’t deserving enough to have strong, loyal female friends. Since this kept happening to me, I believed I must be the problem. Yet, I never understood where I went wrong. As Jane Fonda says, “women friendships are very important to your health” and I was completely unwell without them.

After years of therapy, reflection, and talking to close people in my life, I reached a breakthrough and, honestly, a terrible realization about why I might never be good enough for the “dream girl best friend” that every main female character in TV shows seemed to have.

The truth is, I’ve always been very authentic to myself, confident in who I was and who I wanted to be. I credit my parents and the larger community I grew up in for always encouraging me to embrace my true self. But the reality is, most people aren't this lucky. Most are afraid of being seen and unclear about who they should be. And that's not their fault. The world is very unforgiving, and society has been built to discourage authenticity, especially towards women. So as these friends got to know me better and realized that my actions were a true reflection of my inner self, I began to become a constant reminder to them of their own inability to be themselves. They soon became more and more uncomfortable with this constant reminder, to the point where they could no longer be friends with me and people like me. (A TikTok I was recently sent summarizes it well.)

Once I realized this, I became so afraid of making others feel this way that I started to make myself smaller. Over time, I lost my voice, my drive, and felt lonelier than ever before.

If you’re reading this newsletter, you're probably an ambitious woman with big dreams who has often felt misunderstood and shunned. Trust me, I get it. On this International Women’s Day, amidst all the “female friendships are the best” posts, I want you to know that your journey is also seen and heard. It does get better. When I stopped allowing other women to enter my life and dim my light, I started attracting the right friends. Ones who were confident in themselves and didn’t need my light to dim for theirs to shine. And those were actually the friends I needed.


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