Before I eat a brownie, I ask myself “Is it worth it?”, “Does eating it make me feel good?” and “Will I feel good afterwards?”. The past few weeks has made me realise that my philosophy with brownies can be applied in other areas of my life. A fundamental part of an individual’s life is relationships and the way you interact with other people. Previously, I believed that my worth was defined by the quantity of friends I had but now I believe that the quality of people you surround yourself with truly sculpts the person you are and who you become in the future. Another thing which I struggled with in the past was coping with the loss of old friends. I used to put in so much effort in trying to maintain relationships with my old friends that I allowed myself to be belittled. This took a huge toll on my self esteem after my efforts resulted in nothing. Recently, I decided to let go of some people who used to mean the world to me and I felt emotionally uplifted. Preserving a friendship requires effort on both sides and in the moment, dealing with the loss of a friend may seem hard but it will make you stronger and happier at the end of the day. I believe in the phrase, “Quality over Quantity”. When you are starting to feel a friendship dissolve, ask yourself those three questions and decide whether your relationship is worth saving. Loss is inevitable, however, don’t let pure emotion dominate your decision to let go. Give yourself time to think about your position whilst also putting yourself in the other person’s shoes. Surround yourself with positivity and people who push you to be the best person you can be!