Control

A culture fixated on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty, but an obsession about female obedience. Dieting is the most potent political sedative in women’s history; a quietly mad population is a tractable one.
—  Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth
The best thing you can learn to do for yourself in life is to remember that they can’t hurt you if you don’t give a fuck. Learn to look at people and situations and realize that some things will never change and you’re better off doing you without them trying to constantly control you and bring you down. Keep them around without giving them any hint that you’re no longer theirs. You’ll be at the finish line before they even realize that they lost their hold on you.