I have a friend who is very much into life coaching, she actually quit her job and dropped out of college to become a life coach. She has been a friend of mine for over 15 years, but I don’t think she’s the same anymore. And I don’t think we’re friends anymore.
She seems to be very happy, yet there’s something that bothers me so much about life coaching that I can’t feel happy about her.
Am I a bad friend? What is it that irks me so much?
I’m guessing what irks you is her incessant saccharine positivity. That shit can get super annoying, especially when it’s accompanied by a bunch of emotional buzzwords and overwrought clichés.
I’ve had a couple of friends peel off and suddenly become life coaches. It’s one of the things people in LA do when their entertainment careers don’t take off. Failed actors become real estate agents and failed producers become life coaches.
I dunno. Maybe becoming a life coach is different where you are, but I’ve always thought of it as going to rehab for people who never got addicted to anything. My last friend who decided to become a life coach showed up with a bunch of three ring binders one day sounding like she’d just joined a cult. I’m not sure if she ever got certified, because I didn’t really talk to her much after that.
I guess what I’m saying is that it’s okay if you two aren’t friends anymore. You don’t have to stick around and listen to her bubble on about her latest seminar.
People change, and when they do, sometimes friendships have a natural end. You’re allowed to move on.