Lauren was the one person who I would have never imagined in a million years to use me as much as she did. Lauren had been my best friend since fifth grade, when we met on the tire swing and things were less complicated. I would have done absolutely anything for her. I would take her out for birthdays and spend ridiculous amounts of money on her, I helped pay rent when she was struggling even though I did not live with her, I gave her gas money, helped her through several break-ups, let her stay at my house when her mom went out of the country for two weeks just so she would not have to stay with her grandparents. Litera...
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...ith our friendship, but I needed to realize that I was being taken advantage of and no good friend would have ever put me in that position. I realized that I should have put the effort towards my friends that actually cared and helped me through my time in need rather than trying to fix something that was only hurting me. Being nice is not always the best thing to do. This does not mean one has to be a jerk to not get pushed over and taken advantage of. I means one should think about how it will affect them and others around them. It may seem hard at first, but, in my case, people started to respect me. I am still kind and caring and will drop what I am doing to help others, but I make sure that I will not be burned in the long run. I love helping others. It will always be in my nature, but I have learned to think of myself as well, and that is the best thing to do.
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