Of course, if you're close to your family, they can also be a source of powerful support. Your needs may have the effect of drawing family members closer to you, reaffirming the bonds you feel for each other. You may also be surprised to find that, even if your family hadn't fully supported your relationship in the past, they're willing to respond to your pain and lend a hand.
Runnin' with a New Crowd
As painful as a breakup can be, the flexibility of relationships means that you're always free to add new people to you life. In fact, these people can help you see the possibilities you have before you -- what your life could be. This new vision can help you leave a relationship or encourage you to spread your wings after you've left.
It can be tremendously exciting to feel your social world opening up to new possibilities and people, though it's not always automatic. The vacuum that your breakup left will begin to fill with new people if you're open to them and go after them. If you feel short on new friendships, try some of these tried and true methods. Get involved in professional groups, visit online message boards or chats, take classes at a learning center or local college, get involved in a political cause or volunteer in your community. Follow your interests and seek out what makes you happy. New people will be naturally attracted to you -- trust us.
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