I had a really hard time deciding to go 'no contact' with my mother, which seems to be pretty standard for people cutting ties with their parents. In one phone conversation with my best friend Jerry, I remember saying how I like to believe there is a point to everything we go through in life and that we're meant to learn something from each hardship. It gives a point to the hardships. If I cut ties with my mother, I would be giving up on learning whatever lesson that relationship was meant to teach me.
Jerry replied, "Maybe the lesson you're supposed to learn is when to walk away."