The difference between giving up and walking away

Chances are, at some point in your life, you’ve heard the phrase, “I’m not a quitter.”

And, depending on the context, this may be an appropriate thing to say.

What is important to keep in mind, though, is that there is a distinct difference between giving up and walking away, and the two should not be confused with each other.

Personally, I’m not a fan of the term ‘giving up.’ I find it to almost have a negative connotation associated with it, as if giving up is some despicable thing to do.

In certain situations, perhaps giving up is seen as despicable. In others, though, it may be warranted, hence the difference between giving up and walking away – a difference I believe many of us often overlook and disregard for its validity.

Let’s put things into perspective, shall we? Say you’re in an incredibly toxic relationship. You find yourself at the receiving end of ridicule, abuse, and bullying, and your mental and physical health is in jeopardy.

If you were to confide in someone about said toxic relationship, they would likely tell you to walk away from it. Because, really, if the situation has gotten to such an extreme point, there likely isn’t anything worth salvaging.

They likely wouldn’t encourage you to stick it out and continue if it has gotten to an extreme degree.

Hence the difference, in my opinion, between giving up and walking away. While removing yourself from a situation isn’t exactly the most desirable outcome, sometimes it’s necessary, especially if a situation is causing you more harm than good if you’re trying to stick it out. If you can identify, in confidence, that there is nothing left for you to gain from a situation, walk away.

Walking away does not mean giving up. It means taking yourself out of a negative situation, after you’ve tried to make it work.

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