Some people have simply become a huge part of our life and it seems impossible to move on with our life without them.

Although letting go of someone requires more inner strength, energy and patience than you might think, it is something that has to be done. Learning to let go is especially difficult with the people who are the closest to us. But sadly, these are often the people we need to let go of, as much as it hurts us.

1. Your childhood best friend you have nothing in common with anymore

One of the most difficult things to let go of is a childhood friendship.

This person has been around you and has been a part of your life ever since you can remember. But it’s time to accept that the two of you don’t have anything in common anymore. The two of you have grown apart over the years and you simply don’t feel this friendship is real anymore.

I am not telling you that you should stop communicating with this person completely because there is no obvious reason for that. I am just telling you it’s time to accept that you’ve grown as a person and to stop feeling so guilty for wanting to spend more time with some other people.

2. Any friendship with an expiration date

And it’s not just that you should let go of your childhood best friend you’ve grown apart from. You should find the strength to let go of any friendship that obviously had an expiration date.

You simply need to accept that some people are not meant to stay in our life forever and that some relationships are not meant to last a lifetime.

Some friendships were great while they lasted and you’ll always have some beautiful memories which will connect you to these people.

It’s possible that some of these people hurt you in the past. It is possible that they’ve shown their true colors and that they’ve proven they are not worthy of being your friend.

Or life has just taken you in different directions.

Either way, the point is the same: these people are not meant to be a part of your life and that is something you need to accept.

3. A toxic parent

A parent is a person who loves and supports you unconditionally. They’re a person who will always be there for you and a person you can always turn to.

At least, that is how things should be, right? But what if they aren’t?

What if one of your parents is the most toxic person in your surroundings? What if he or she is the one who is making your life a living hell?

And you are very well aware of it but you simply can’t cut them off because they are your parent.

Well, I am here to tell you that there is nothing wrong with choosing yourself over someone else, even if that someone else is your flesh and blood. I am here to tell you that there is nothing wrong with discarding a toxic parent.

4. A man who doesn’t deserve you

In our dating history, we have all been involved with some wrong men who never deserved a place in our life. And there is nothing shameful about that.

What is wrong is keeping this type of man by your side, when knowing how wrong he is for you.

I know you hope that this guy will change and that things will be different. I know you think he needs you and you feel like you can’t abandon him because that would kill him spiritually and the guilt would consume you.

Well, despite what you think, letting go of a man who doesn’t deserve you will be one of the best decisions you will make in your lifetime. Because no, you won’t change him. The only thing that will happen if you stay by this guy’s side is that he will drag you down with him.

And that is exactly why letting go is the only option you have.

5. Everyone who lets you go easily

And last but not least are the people who let you go easily.

Do you still fight for the people who have given up on you? Do you prioritize someone who has always been putting you at the bottom of their priority list?

If you do, it’s time to end it.

Trust me—you don’t want to give a place in your life to anyone who doesn’t want to be in it and that should be criteria enough.