I’ve thought friendship must be last forever, hence I’m too late to learn it’s okay to cut people off.
For years, since I was high school student and sophomore and then a worker. I’ve tried to keep every relationship I had with all my heart. Then I ended up with numerous acquaintances and just 1 or 2 friends but not really. For years I’ve spent my little time after doing my duty to ensure my relationships are safe until I realize it’s out of my hands. I now could see this clearly: I am not supposed to be tied to someone or a group of people in certain society, no need feeling guilty if it is required to cut someone off when the truth relationship is over. Profoundly aware not everyone has to like me and I equally have rights in choosing people whom I want to be friend with. It meant I stop saying “yes” if I got invitation against my culture or rule or my principles, it meant I stop accepting divergent mindset that diverts me from my intrinsic life values. It meant I start to deliver my “NO” respectfully showing it doesn’t mean I look down friendship, but I am building up smaller circle of true friends which really matters and priceless. Let’s generate more true and honest relationship in your life. It’s not about number but quality. It’s not about a cup of coffee meet up but go deep in minded people's conversation, insightful. Where you learn new things, open up your eyes to new perspective and horizon, support each other and care, be transparent and authentic, they telling you the truth even it’s hard to hear. You can’t find these qualities in a ton of friends. The ultimate goal of relationship is not a number - unless you are a public figure:) - but quality of the relation.
Note: Question raised by my friend, I just share my answer here.