In the same way that our cell phone is a distraction for us while driving a car, people can be distractions that keep us from attaining the things that we want out of life.
Whether we’re trying to get a promotion at work, get rid of the stress that we feel throughout the day, or hitting a PR on a lift or workout, it’s important that we identify distractions in our lives and how to handle them.
It’s not that we need to completely eliminate every distraction in our lives, we sometimes just need to limit our exposure to them.
There are certain friendships that I’ve had to come to terms with in my own head about how I feel when I’m involved with them: do they complain about their husbands and kids too much, do they disrespect their own health and mental wellness so much that it somehow affects my own state of being, or do our conversations exist mostly on a superficial level and I not only feel like I’m not growing as a person because of them…but, I am sometimes regressing?
Our friends don’t need to be everything for us. They don’t need to be our mentors, our happy place, and the people in the world that think and feel the same way about everything as we do. But, we do need to identify with how each person fits into our puzzle so that we know what to expect, and what not to expect, from them. Otherwise, we can too often find ourselves disappointed and frustrated with our friends when they don’t serve us in the way that we need them to at different times and in different situations.
There is a place for everyone, just not the same place. It’s just a matter of figuring out what YOUR puzzle pieces look like, and where you can best place them.