During an abusive relationship, I cut off many friendships in really painful, unfortunate ways. I have now thankfully been out of that relationship for about a year - and have finally found the courage to reach out to several people who I was once close with but treated badly during that time. I apologized for my behavior, updated them on my life, and expressed hope that they would update me too, if they felt inclined. They all did - and the joy and relief it brought me was immense. Reconnection feels amazing.

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