Mike was his name and he was one of my best friends since the age of 16. Mike was a single guy, little older than me and considered himself wiser than anyone he came across. His life was unsatisfying and unhealthy in many ways, and at every chance he got he found a way to let me know about it, as well as make me understand that there was a limit to what I could achieve in my own life. As the rapid lifestyle changes and habits in my life were taking place during the end of my generalized anxiety disorder, I also had a choice to make, keep Mike in my life and live a limited and unfulfilling outlook on the world, or set him free and hope to goodness that one day he truly understands my reason for taking him completely out of my life for good…I chose the second option. I was grateful I had the guts to do it as it felt like a mountain was lifted off my shoulders. Someone once said “you turn into the 5 people you surround yourself with the most,” and it’s true so take a good look at who might be influencing you for the better, and who might be causing you subconscious self sabotage, taking out the trash in your life just might be the best thing you could do for yourself.