There can be a lot of guilt that can come from cutting people out of your life. Something of which is a part of the natural progression of life. Something one must learn to do to continue to move forward and grow in life in a healthy and progressive way. This was always one thing that I have struggled with, especially due to my people-pleasing nature (trust me I’m learning). I’ve always made myself feel guilty for not only wanting to let go of the people who were bad for me but also those that I felt were maybe holding me back, those who I felt their moral compass was way the hell off, etc. This past year I’ve allowed myself to get rid of that guilt, and to let go of anyone that I felt had or has a negative impact on my life. And I must say, what a relief it has been…Letting go sets you free. It sets them free. Letting go allows you to live.

To let go doesn’t mean to stop caring;
It means I can’t do it for someone else.
To let go is not to cut myself off…
It’s the realization that I can’t control another…
To let go is not to enable,
but to allow learning from natural consequences.
To let go is to admit powerlessness,
which means the outcome is not in my hands.
To let go is not to try and change or blame another,
I can only change myself.
To let go is not to care for, but to care about.
To let go is not to fix, but to be supportive.
To let go is not to judge,
but to allow another to be a human being.
To let go is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes,
but to allow others to affect their own outcomes.
To let go is not to be protective,
It is to permit another to face reality.
To let go is not to deny, but to accept.
To let go is not to nag, scold, or argue,
but to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.
To let go is not to adjust everything to my desires,
but to take each day as it comes and cherish the moment.
To let go is not to criticize and regulate anyone,
but to try to become what I dream I can be.
To let go is not to regret the past,
but to grow and live for the future.
To let go is to fear less and love more.

– Author Unknown