The creator has disbanded this group...
This is the text message I received two Thursday nights ago. For about a year, I was part of a group text started by a friend. The group consisted of high friends I became reacquainted with in 2010. We had connected on Facebook and started hanging out together. Whether at someone's house for the holiday or while celebrating a birthday, we always had fun. For all intents and purposes, the group was solid- or so I thought. Fast forward to last November, around the Thanksgiving holiday. I noticed that one of the friends had de-friended me on Facebook. That was odd. I only knew because I had tried to tag this person in a comment to no avail. When I went to the person's Facebook page, I was virtually given the long arm- the site asking if I knew this person. I thought I did. Apparently I did not.
I immediately called this girl, who did not answer, but instead texted me stating that she was on another call and would call me back. She never did. I knew something was wrong. Unfortunately, we as a society have become so ingrained and dependent on social media, that you can safely take social cues from your interactions or lack thereof on social juggernauts like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and such. I knew that this individual whom I had hung out with in person both in the group or separately on our own, was sending me a major message: We are no longer friends. I could easily go through the timeline of awkward events that solidified this truth, but I do not want to give anyone undue credit for a very small sub-chapter in my life. That being said, when I confronted the person about the unfriending, she, in giving me her reasons for dissolving our friendship in a very passive-aggressive way, said that she did not want to "be a shit starter" nor did she want to upset the group by saying anything to the others. I, being the ever-loyal-sometimes-to-a-fault type of person that I am, followed her lead and decided not to mention anything to the other girls either. With the exception of a very vague, non-descript, yet, in context re-telling of a small portion of the entire conversation with no names mentioned to exactly one person, I have, to this day not spoken a word about the incident to anyone else within the group. My side of the story has not been provided. I have not discussed with anyone my thoughts and feelings about the situation. Or the details involved. From the bizarre and reduced interactions, whether on social media or via personal/direct texts and phone calls, I have the feeling I was the only one who kept up her end of the deal.
Overall, my role and positive position in the group's dynamic has changed. This obvious fact has not made me lose any sleep, but it has caused a bit of anxiety whenever I would receive a text from the group. I wanted to pull away and no longer interact with the girl who had initiated all of this. I hate to be uncomfortable and hide my true feelings in an effort to be the "bigger person". I would rather disassociate myself from certain activities. Like recently a get-together that was to take place at a restaurant, had been moved at the last minute to the girl's house. How crazy would that be? Hey, I know you don't like me, but I decided to show up anyway. What should I bring- wine? Um, no. Since my gut tells me I have been discussed, I am confused as to how this became a suitable option anyway. If everyone wants to keep the peace. Why not host events in neutral settings? Maybe that's me just overthinking things with my analytical self. I do still have ongoing and positive contact with one of the girls. For that, I am grateful. She has not changed and I am appreciative.
Which brings me to that final group text message. It gave me a peaceful, internal giggle. I thought it fitting that the term "creator" was used. Sometimes, God will rock the boat to get your attention, to move you in a different direction. Because He does not come down physically to talk to us and hand feed us His plan, we have to listen and listen carefully. I, in an effort to flex my loyal friendship skills, trying to build upon relationships, which maybe should have stayed more casual, missed key early warnings. I can look back on conversations with the individual and think, that was a red flag. That should have been your sign that this was not going to end well. Hindsight is indeed 20/20. At the time, what I thought were little quirks, I now know were future problems being formed. Molding resentment towards me for things that are less about me and more about her. But that text though. The group has indeed disbanded. I still enjoy hanging out with that one remaining friend, but I would not be surprised if I do not receive invites to events from the others. I am confident in saying I do not believe I have done anything intentional to alienate the group, but at this time, it seems we have run our course as friends.
When I told another girlfriend the complete story, she said, "yeah, you've been iced out." She continued with a shrug, "besides going to high school with these people, what else do you have in common with them?" Not much, if anything. She went on to share some of her own woes with friends who did not stand the test of time. Friendships can be difficult; they should not be, but they can. Friendships with women can be even more complicated. You mix in the insecurities a lot of us deal with that come with trying to be perfect, polite or humble at all costs, and you have the recipe for a troublesome friendship. I like meeting new people and gaining new friends, but situations like this remind me to tread lightly and keep my eyes open. Keeping your friend list short and tight seems like the best answer, but even that can be a bit non-progressive when you think about it. How do you grow, if you have the same group of individuals as friends and never look outside of your circle to let others in your world?
Whatever the case, I have learned a real strong lesson about taking time, gaining trust and what true friendship really means. It is not fickle. Tell me you all did not stop talking to me because someone else stopped talking to me. It is not random. I thought a genuine friendship was built, however, it must not have been important enough for you to tell me your feelings in person or at least over the phone. You just deleted me- via Facebook no less. It can only thrive if both parties are on the same level mentally and emotionally. When someone tells you they are crazy, please believe them. Are there any groups or friendships that you are part of that need to be disbanded? Do tell.