Dear Judge Josh,
I recently had a falling out with a close friend, and I’m not sure if I should try to repair the friendship or just let it go. How can I decide what’s best for both of us without causing more hurt feelings?
Hey Friendship Fallout,
Friendship breakups can be as painful as romantic ones. Here’s how to navigate the aftermath:
Take a Step Back: Give yourself time to cool off and gain perspective on the situation.
Reflect: Consider what led to the falling out, and think about whether the issues can be resolved or if they’re deal-breakers.
Own Your Part: Acknowledge any mistakes you may have made and be willing to apologize and make amends.
Reach Out: If you decide to try to repair the friendship, reach out to your friend and express your desire to talk things through.
Be Honest & Open: Have an open and honest conversation about your feelings, concerns, and hopes for the future of the friendship.
Accept the Outcome: Sometimes, despite our best efforts, friendships can’t be saved. Be prepared to accept the possibility that it might be time to move on.
By being self-aware, open, and accepting of the outcome, you can make the best decision for yourself and your friend. Good luck, and may the friendship gods be with you!