There are three types of people you meet in this world – the ones who you wave hello to from afar, the ones who you run up to and give each other the biggest hug, and then there are the ones who you see and roll your eyes.

In short, they are acquaintances, good friends, and those whom you do not care to see again. These people are either in your life because you must deal with them, perhaps at work or you’ve chosen to include them in your life. Then, of course, there are the ones that you just hit the unfollow button and eliminate.

Recently, I turned 25 years old. I took a hard look at my life – who is in it, who I want to keep in it, and who I don’t see in my life within the next five years. Two questions I asked myself were:

  1. Do I admire them? and
  2. Do they bring me happiness?

The first question is due to the fact that I want to surround myself with people who I admire and look up to because I want to become a better person both professionally and personally. I strongly believe that the company you keep affects who you are as a person and the thoughts you have running through your mind. Are you talking about ideas or are you talking about people?

The second question is the most important: Do they put a smile on my face or does the sight of receiving a text message or Facebook notification from that person(s) agitate me?

From my experience, I have learned that friends are replaceable. Some friendships do last forever, while many do not. People change; priorities change; your environment changes, and sometimes that means you must move on. Take it from me; I let go of a 13-year friendship and to my surprise, I felt relieved to release what had become toxic and negative. It felt so great to let it go.

Friendships are a two-way street. If a person doesn’t care about your well-being or are holding you back, or if he or she doesn’t bring happiness into your life, LET THEM GO!

To all my past friendships, I am thankful for the good times we had. I wish you the best in life but keep your toxicity FAR AWAY from me as possible.