It is possible to move on and engage without the peers that could possibly lead us down the wrong path. Dominating or catty friends cause pain and frustration leading to isolation for some. That isolation could make or break us.
It could be quite rewarding for us in deciding choices that could lead to escaping from the power exuded from dominating so-called friends. Breaking loose helps us to learn the true concept of independence and being true to ourselves.
Let me leave you thinking about choices through these quotes:
"There's small choice in rotten apples," Shakespeare, "The Taming of a Shrew".
"Choice of attention...is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, we are responsible for choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be" (W.H. Auden, p. 310).
"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved" (William Jennings Bryan, p. 318).
Edward A. Murphy, Jr., in 1949, known as Murphy's Law had it right, "If anything can go wrong, it will."
"Everyone that believes that what suits him is the right thing to do" (Goethe,"Torguato Tasso, 1790).
Writer Catherine M. Oliverio lives in Vermont and is a frequent contributor to regional newspapers. She worked in the corporate environment and holds undergraduate degrees in marketing, business organizational management and graduate degrees in writing and teaching. She teaches English at Poultney High School.