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April 17, 2015 / submitted by Samuel, United States of America
Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #211
I have this friend. She hates my guts now. She won't talk to me at all. We were best friends. She said she doesn't have a reason why she hates me... I'm crushed and I've been listening to Warning Sign a lot now. What do I do? I see her 6 times a week.

I feel for you, Samuel. Quite frankly, your friend doesn't sound like much of a friend.
Over the years I have lost friends (both mine and their doing) and I can't say there was ever a time when I didn't know the reason. Even if that reason was that we drifted apart.
If you honestly can't think of anything you may have done or said that she took offence to, it must be very hard for you to try and make sense of it on top of the rejection. Seeing her so often must be painful but try to avoid contact.
Perhaps before you do, write her a letter saying how you feel and ask that at the very least you are given an explanation. It may be that other people have influenced her decision if she's become part of a new circle which is sadly common at a young age.
I'm afraid other than that, there is nothing you can do apart from make new friends and / or surround yourself with people who do want to be friends with you.
Sorry I can't be of more help but in a nutshell, move on and be happy with better friends.
Over to you.

If this is how she is going to treat you then leave them. Seriously. I have been through something similar, and then came to discover that she was not a true friend. I know this type, they change friends like they change clothes. A lot. Be careful, she might be playing around to see if you truly care or not. It doesn't seem like this is the case, though. Good luck Samuel.
Love, Solaf.


I think that all your friend wants is a change. Maybe something happened to her, and now she's just trying to adapt. Maybe she's changing, and all she wants is for the world to change with her.
I just know that this is what my life has been for almost a year now. I've had this feeling, that this is not my life, and the only one who can fix that is me. I'm trying to mould my world into what I need it to be for this new version of myself, because I've changed too much myself already.
I had these friends who cared so much about me, but in the year I finally started living, they've become so distant to me. I hate myself for letting them slip away, but I hate them, too, for making it so easy to let go of them. Maybe this is what your friend is thinking.
I think you need to talk to her. If you really care you need to show her. Because if she is as far gone as I am, you're really gonna need to show her exactly how much you care and how much you're hurting. My friends say that nothing's changed, and we're still close friends, but that's all they do. They're never there for me when I need them, so I wish they'd just stop pretending, stop half-heartedly caring. In short - BE the friends you wish you could be, or just give up, and let her go completely.
Victoria.

I'm sorry, but I find it hard to believe she doesn't have a reason, there's always a reason. And if she says there isn't one I think she's lying and you should wonder if she was ever your best friend to begin with. You don't go from being 'best friends' to not talking to each other and lying about the reason why overnight. Can you remember when her not talking to you started? Did something happen that week/day that could've caused her behavior? Are you sure she actually hates you? You could write her a letter, but she'll probably not respond to that either. I know its hard, but I'd walk up to her, ask to speak to her in private and just confront her and ask for an explanation. I really hope it works out, but you might have to consider letting this go. I know that's hard, but in the end you can't force her to be friends with you again and you'll be better off spending your time on making new friends, then waiting around for something that might never happen. Good luck!
Amanda.


What happened to you is horrible, it happened to me many times. Sometimes it ended well and sometimes not so good.
I presume you tried talking to your friend, and she said what was supposed to be said and if not, try to read between the lines. Maybe she told you a reason, but she said it in a way only she understood, this happens every now and then.
If she was and still is your best friend, she doesn't have a reason to hate you, a friend loves you with your good moods and bad moods, with your guts, or without it.
There are times when even a strong person is hurt by certain words or stuff like this, it's normal. Even the strongest fall, but when they rise, they rise like the Phoenix from its ash.
I once told myself that it was my fault, that I was the reason why my friend was mad, but in the end, it's not only your fault.
Talk to each other openly, discuss about everything that comes to your mind, bad or good, funny or not, painful or lovely, this way you will cover every subject of discussion you ever had. Just go in a pub or park or the first place where you met and remind yourselves about the good times and smile and laugh and be again what you used to be.
I hope I helped! I wish you good luck!!
Lots of Love from Romania.
Madalina.

That's good if you listen Warning Sign, but I don't know if it will help you. I hope so!
You realize that you are in love but the other side is not responding you the way you would like it.
I guess she knows about your feelings and she runs away because you have ruined your friendship somehow and she can't stand it. Maybe she has also some feelings for you but she is too afraid and confused. You should talk to her directly and ask her any question about your friendship, I hope it'll make things more clear. It's hard that you see her often but that's good situation for your growing up and maturing. Try to learn how to deal with your emotions and reactions, even if it is difficult, make that situation to serve you for learning. Respect her feelings and decisions; if you can go on as friends or be together or not to be at all, accept that as a life lesson and be patient with yourself and others always knowing that something great is waiting for you,just keep climbing the mountain!
With love, Kamili.


I, like many others, can relate to your situation. As I have grown older I have seen the best of friends come and go from my life and it is never easy. Sometimes it is because we can no longer relate to each other or that we have both matured and the realization hits that we aren't the same people that we once were. I feel for you and I know its never easy. In my experiences the best thing to do is to not force anything and give yourself space from this person when possible. There is a reason why she doesn't want to be around you but you shouldn't concern yourself with that right now. Sometimes you just need to tell people like this that you love them for being such a good friend over the years and that you will always be there for her if she needs someone to talk to. You never truly know what a person is going through and many times letting them know that you are there for them if they ever need anything is exactly what they need to hear. If she does not come around do not take it personally. People change and there is nothing that you can do about it. Keep you head up and continue being a caring and loving person and everything will work out in the end.
Jay.

Unless she's been through a rough time recently and this is a coping mechanism, I'd say give her a wide berth.
You can't make her tell you why (if there is a why) and you can't make her be friends with you but you can be with other friends who make you feel good instead of her.
Your friend may he hiding something so it's up to you whether to support her from a distance or not. I wouldn't fight for her - not just yet. See if time makes a difference.
Who knows, she may come back and you may be the one telling her that you don't want to be her friend?
I'm sure she doesn't hate you - that's extreme - but weird things can happen inside us when we're growing up and maybe she's struggling with her thoughts and feelings.
Fiona.


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April 17, 2015 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
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Perhaps it is not really relevant, it is important for me... I'm a very insecure and shy guy, and it is difficult for me to talk to a girl.
The point is that sometimes I fall in love with some girl I know just for a month, it seems stupid, but usually happens, the question is: Am I a womanizer? Thank you in advance.
Andre, Peru.



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April 10, 2015 / submitted by Amber, United Kingdom
Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #212
A dear friend of mine passed away last year in May at the very young age of 19. Rather than being distraught on the anniversary of his death, I'm hoping to do something special to celebrate his life. Do you have any suggestions? I'm currently in Sydney, Australia and he loved the mountains, good beer, and adventure, if that helps. I'm just not sure what to do and I need ideas because the last thing he'd want is for me to spend the day grieving in my room.
I appreciate your advice.

It's a hard thing to lose someone especially at a young age. It's a wonderful thing to want to celebrate his life rather than mourn your loss but it's ok to do both.
As it sounds like you'll be away from home, it might be difficult to involve your circle of friends because of the time difference. If there is a possible time frame, you could arrange a group Skype call so you're virtually surrounded by other people who may be feeling the same as you. You could each share a memory and remember him together.
If this isn't possible (or even if it is) you could set up a private group on a social media platform (Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook...) to post videos of his favourite music and share photos & stories about your friend.
If you are going to be spending the day alone, maybe make a playlist and scrapbook of memories and take it somewhere you think he'd like to be with you.
You mentioned he liked the mountains, adventure and good beer - you could safely arrange an activity in his memory and toast him at the end of the day - as I don't recommend all 3 at once. Drink responsibly.
I don't know how your friend died but a fundraising day might be another way to celebrate his life and incorporate the things he loved within that. A page raising money for a cause close to his heart is a lovely way to honour him.
However you spend the day, I wish you well.
Over to you.

I'm so pleasantly surprised and impressed about your decision of celebrating your friend's life. It's admirable.
You could do things that he really was looking forward to doing in life. Did he want to travel to a particular place? Since he was adventurous, did he want to play any extreme sport like skydiving or go trekking somewhere? Did the two of you have a dream together that could come true?
You can also make an album (maybe a Facebook album) with pictures that portray his happiest/most important moments, and footnotes with stories about them.
You are strong, Amber. I wish you the best. Noelia, Argentina.


I'm very sorry for your loss, Amber. It's difficult to lose anyone you love but even harder when they are so young and full of promise. Perhaps you could honor your friendship with a sunrise or sunset hike and toast your friend with a beer when you reach the top? If you are more daring you could bungee jump or sky dive since you said he enjoyed adventure. Fondly, Eleanor.

To the American in Sydney,
When we were 23, my group of friends and I found ourselves in a similar situation. A friend of ours had been diagnosed with cancer earlier in the year, and while she fought hard and strong, it took her away from us way too soon. Instead of wallowing in sadness, my friend decided to host a pub crawl in her honor, and set up a memorial fund for us to donate to. T-shirts were made, pubs were notified, and on the anniversary of her death, we all got a little wild in her honor. We also raised a small, but significant, amount of money to donate to a charity on her behalf. I don't know what took your friend so soon, but surely you could do something similar for a charity that supports something your friend was passionate about?
Above all, it's important to get through the day with someone else at your side. That way you can talk to someone about all the great things that your friend left behind via you. You're already on an adventure abroad, make the most of it.
Good luck,
An American in London.


I'm sorry for the loss of your friend.
It sounds to me you are the kind of person that could be thinking of your friend already almost every day, if only for a moment.
To me there is no doubt that life is eternal and that the spirit without the body still lives on (as spirit).
If you are indeed close to each other, my guess is that you will intuitively know what to do best when the occasion arrives.
My dad died when I was 19 and after that event there were also others close to me who passed. I even knew (felt) beforehand that it was going to happen and than lend a helping hand. Also, when that person is then gone, you can still help. Just be attentive to your feelings and the ideas that may come up.
So, maybe arrange to have no commitments on that day, or at least a portion of that day so you can spend time in nature, like the mountains, so you won't be disturbed by people and you can be relaxed and be with him (in spirit). Michael.

Do you want to do something special for your friend? I have a suggestion.
How about making music for him? And the lyric is about him and your
friendship. So, when the day grieving is come you can sing along in your room.
Don't worry if the music is bad. The important thing is the Lyric!! I think he will proud of you! Good luck!
Anbar. Indonesia.


What a great idea to celebrate your friend's life! Not familiar with what's near Sydney, but can you find a great hike in the mountains with some other friends who were acquainted with the one who passed? Take a great picnic with you and find a great view, then toast your friend with their favorite beer. Perhaps plant a tree or scatter some seeds in your friends honor and give back to the earth.
Who knows, you may find a new adventure every year celebrating your friend's life that was taken too soon.
Enjoy that special day. Your friend is always with you in your heart.
Julie.

I really like the idea that you choose to celebrate his life rather than grieve over it, and I have thought of a nice way to celebrate it. It would be a great tribute to him, if you were to hike up one of his favourite mountains with close friends and/or relatives. And at one point, you could set up your tents, and have a few beers over a barbecue or campfire and just talk the night away! That sounds like a great night to me! I hope you find a good idea!
Regards, Curtis.L.


Get together a group of his friends and get a load of his favourite beer, make a playlist of his favourite music. Take a hike to his favourite mountain, spot, place where ever he loved to go to just relax. When you get there set up a fire and all sit around it listening to his favourite music, reminiscing over the good times you spent with each other and watch the sun set together. Hopefully you can do this every year and make it a tradition. I hope you like this idea because from you small description of him I think he would love you spend the day that way and I think I would be the perfect way to remember him; for the things he loved doing best.
Katie.

I'm really sorry for what happened to your friend but it's amazing that you want to do something to commemorate his life. As you mention he liked beer and mountains I would suggest you to spend your day going on a trip the Bouddi National Park or the Lane Cove National Park, which seem to have great views and amazing activities. Then, before the day is over you can buy a beer or go to a pub and drink one in his honour while you have dinner, only if you are allowed to. I hope this can be helpful and that you can make the best of this important day!
Lucia.


I know what you feel right now, a very dear person to me died almost 3 years ago and ever since I'm trying to live my life in a way he would want me to.
A year after his death I found myself crying, two years after, I tried all day long to remember and to enjoy my memories with him.
You said you're in Australia, that means you could go in an adventure in your friend's honor.
I once read that you can write what you feel on a piece of paper then throw it in the fire, this way it can get faster to the person you lost, you could try this. Also, you could plant a tree. The saying says: "A life for a life", it could be a beautiful way of remembering your friend.
And there is one more thing, something your friend would want you to do. Live as if you'll die today, dream as if you'll live forever. This is the best way of making his life go on through you, because as long as you have him in your heart, he will live forever!
Take care and enjoy your life!
Lots of Love from Romania!
Madalina.

I am very sorry for your loss. I think instead of staying home and grieving you should go on an adventure and explore the world that your friend cannot. He would probably appreciate it if you went on a hike through the mountains for him. You could go anywhere, on any kind of adventure whether it be through the city or a park. And then when you get back home, sit down and have a nice beer and think of all of the great times you had and how proud he would be that you didn't sit at home and feel sad.
Sincerely, Zoe.


It's beautiful that you want to celebrate his life instead of grieving! You are so brave and I admire that, I'm sure that your friend still lives somewhere in some other form and he is so happy and proud of you. Imagine that he will spend that day with you. What would you do together? Just sit and talk, go hiking, eat and drink, go to concert...? Spend that day the way you would spend it with him. Or do something that he would like to do if he was alive. Maybe you should climb some mountain for him that he has never done before? I know that you would choose the right thing, but the most important is your spirit and mind who needs to be with him as he was alive, talk to him and feel his presence he IS with you still. "Death will never conquer." Love, Kamili.

MANY OF US PICKED UP ON THE ADVENTURE PART, AMBER. IF YOU CHOOSE TO GO HIKING ETC. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU STAY SAFE & I SUGGEST YOU TAKE SOMEONE WITH YOU. PLAN THE ROUTE, STICK TO IT AND LET PEOPLE KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING. O.

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April 10, 2015 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
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I have this friend. She hates my guts now. She won't talk to me at all. We were best friends. She said she doesn't have a reason why she hates me... I'm crushed and I've been listening to Warning Sign a lot now. What do I do? I see her 6 times a week. Samuel. USA.

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April 3, 2015 / submitted by Just A Ghost, France
Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #211
So, a couple years back I was on a hike with a bunch of friends. One of my friends fell, she nearly went off the cliff but I was right there so she grabbed onto me and I got her onto ground. I was foolish. All I said was, "you okay?", but then I just sorta continued on. I was dumb to not realize that she was on her own. She lives in Utah now, far as you can see around where I live. Last Summer she was visiting, I found out that she was crying alone on that hike after. Scared to death. I can't live with myself now. I feel responsible for her. The fact that we don't keep in touch hurts me. I want to be like her best friend, I have this need to protect her. I am a musician and I've written songs for her but I don't know the best way to make these songs or what to do with them so she could realize how much I care and want to be her friend. So who do I turn to? Well, who else? The masters of music, Coldplay. I was just hoping to get advice from The Oracle to get me out of this Ghost Story.
Just a Ghost, France.

I think you need to stop beating yourself up. You were there for her: she held on to you, you stopped her fall, you asked if she was ok... there's not much more you could have done at the time. You weren't to know how scared she was if she hid it from you.
You are not responsible for her, not then and not now.
The fact that you don't keep in touch hurts you, so get in touch.
In the technological world we live in, there are so many ways to communicate - Skype, chat, text, email or even by old-fashioned telephone or letter. Tell her how you feel. Tell her you regret how you reacted. Be prepared for her to say that she doesn't want to be best friends and she may not feel the need to be protected but tell her.
I think letting it out will help you to let it go.
As for the songs, just record them on your phone. You don't need to go to any expense to express how you feel to her.
You could send her a link to a YouTube or a Soundcloud account. I'd keep the account private to respect her space. Perhaps also send her the lyrics.
Whatever you decide, be open and honest.
Over to you.

I recognize the story you present and I guess therefore you are also male.
I don't think you were dumb in the first place to be walking on after that incident on that hike. The lessons of life will teach that everybody IS on their own. However, you were at the right time and the right place to save her when it was needed. After that you and she were on your own again. The heightened awareness on a dangerous hike like that will put you in that mind-space. Afterwards, you think back and realize you were the stronger one and imagine different scenarios out of guilt. Actually, this is a silly thing to do... Even girls need strong lessons to learn they are not incompetent or weak like tradition and certain culture wants us to believe. We, as men, then feel compelled to be the protector. This is not necessary. Life, creation protects us all and never gives us more then we can handle. To belief that she needs you, is to believe that she is weak and unprotected and therefore you put yourself at risk also, because you believe the same for yourself. It is too bad you didn't contact her earlier, but I say, it's never too late to make amends. You can talk about your feelings and hers if she wants too. Chances are she wants/wanted to forget about the whole thing and it could be that you should also... Michael.


If you have a youtube channel, you could post a video of yourself singing that song your wrote for her and then link her to it. Also, you could write her an email and explain to her how you feel or maybe you could do a video chat with her and sing her that song live. The most important part is to be truly honest and humble. Adelina.

I'm originally from Jersey, so I'll be honest: the first half of your story sounds like a load of crap. If you feel bad for not checking on her welfare post-rescue, you are well within your means to contact her and say, "I'm sorry I didn't make sure you were feeling okay after your near fall, I feel bad...I'd like to catch up, want to get coffee?" I suppose you are inquiring for help because you feel you can't contact her and must communicate through music because you lack other means. If you do have her digits, give her a call. Enough nebulous b.s.
Assuming music is your only communication route, if she hears your music,maybe the notion that you are talking to her through song makes her feel crazy, because only crazy/narcissistic people would think that, right? It might relieve your mind (and hers) to make a move. Respect her contracts in life, but if you have a way to find answers, don't act helpless. Seriously. Get some grit and be brave.
Good Luck! Branwen.


I think the best way you can do is actually tell her that you sympathize her and that you really want to be her best friend. I know in ur part it's not that simple but come on pal! When are u going to have the guts to say it? If not today, when? I think, if u just ignore those butterflies of yours and have the guts to say how u truly feel, I think you and her will be best buds by now. By the way u speak of her. I think that she's nice and not hard to be friended. Its just the Guts. If you don't have it. It will just be nothing. Don't be scared to show or say how u feel, pretty sure it will end up good. :)
Best of luck to u and ur friend. Love, Shaine from Philippines. xx

A very interesting and complicated situation you have here my friend, but not impossible.
I see that you really got attached to this girl, that's very sweet, but I don't understand why haven't you made a step to get closer to her soul and heart.
It's very hard to lose any connection with someone, it's almost like you don't even exist for each other and that a really sad.
I know the feeling, I hate it, but after sometime, somehow, certain people come back to your life and they come to stay for good.
The thing is, you said you wrote songs for her, do a video or two and send them to her or, if you really have the possibility, go to her and sing those songs live.
A relationship is based on these kind of small gestures. A flower, or a chocolate or in my case, when I got Mylo Xyloto from a friend.
I'm afraid you will have to make the first step, even though it might seem a bit scary. I know you're brave and that you will do incredible things!! I also know that everything will be fine, because it is always fine.
Keep smiling and good luck!!
Take care of you!
Lost of Love from Romania!!
Madalina.


Why don't you write her an e-mail or a letter to explain your feelings and everything? I think that it comes first and then the music. You can make a video for her and send it, the distance is your helper because you won't have to play live for her :) But let's go backwards and question your real feelings towards her! If she's been just a friend, why would it be so difficult to you?? When it's about friendship, we usually don't have so much problems with talking, explaining, especially if the distance separates us, but your feelings and tortures are so strong regarding the big distance and being "just friends". So I suggest you to listen WARNING SIGN, but many, many times, until your truth comes out and then play it for her! You can do it :) With love, Kamili.

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April 3, 2015 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
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A dear friend of mine passed away last year in May at the very young age of 19. Rather than being distraught on the anniversary of his death, I'm hoping to do something special to celebrate his life. Do you have any suggestions? I'm currently in Sydney, Australia and he loved the mountains, good beer, and adventure, if that helps. I'm just not sure what to do and I need ideas because the last thing he'd want is for me to spend the day grieving in my room. I appreciate your advice.
Amber. USA.


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March 27, 2015 / submitted by Ryan, United Kingdom
Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #210
At the moment I am dealing with some problems I have been having with my partner for two years now but sometimes I feel like it's not going where I want it to.
Recently I've met this one girl who is really sweet and kind.
The dilemma is who do I choose and why my partner blames me for a lot of silly mistakes and really loses her cool sometimes? What if this new girl is the same and then I'm left alone and unhappy?

Who do you choose? How about neither. Nobody is perfect but if you're having your head turned, your current partner probably isn't the one for you.
I wonder if your partner appeared sweet & kind when you first met.
Who knows if the new girl will end up being the same as your partner? She may, she may not. You can't know what will happen in the future but if you run away every time the flaws in someone show up or things get tough, you very well may end up alone. Alone doesn't mean you'll be unhappy & it could be just what you need.
I don't think you should necessarily jump from one relationship to another. You don't need to be in a relationship.
I think you should look at your current situation before making a decision.
Perhaps you're being blamed for silly mistakes because you're making them but don't like the consequences. Nobody likes to be nagged and your girlfriend might not enjoy nagging you. Ask yourself if you're being a little hard on her or vice versa.
Maybe she loses her cool out of frustration. Have you asked her why? Talk to her. She may be aware that you're not all that invested in the relationship and she's venting. Find out.
If you love her, put more effort in and communicate. If you think it's worth fighting for, cut all ties with the new girl. It isn't fair on your partner to string her along and equally it's not fair to keep the new girl dangling.
You don't say where you wanted the relationship to go but if you truly believe your relationship is over regardless of the new girl, end it sooner rather than later.
If you like them both and want to be with one of them but honestly don't know who to choose, I'm with Johnny Depp who said, "if you love two people at the same time, choose the second. Because if you really loved the first one, you wouldn't have fallen for the second."
Over to you.

Sometimes relationships don't always go how you want them to. That is completely fine. When you're in a relationship with someone for a long time you can get too comfortable and fall into a routine. It can lead to no excitement.Since the relationship can get a tad bit boring, people start to find flaws in tiny things and arguing brings a new kind of excitement with it. I say if you really love your partner, then give it another shot. Try new and exciting things to spruce up the relationship. But, if you truly aren't happy anymore, I say follow your heart. It can hurt someone, but at the end of the day your own happiness is what truly matter.
I wish you the best of luck .
Sincerely, Genesis.

That's a bit of a toughy, but I will try my best. See, if you still feel a spark that's worth fighting for in your current relationship, then try and fix it. Talk to her about it, ask her (nicely, because people who are easily ticked off don't appreciate such questions) what makes her so angry all the time, try and work it out. If you don't seem to be feeling good about this, and love the other girl/woman more, then I suggest you leave your current relationship. Still, make sure you are certain this cannot work out, and that the other girl is into you in the first place. Remember, not all relationships are meant to be. Please think carefully about this before making any decision. I am sure if both don't work out, you will still find someone. Don't you worry yourself. Love, Solaf.

Hello Ryan. My name is also Ryan. That makes me qualified to help you with your predicament. But in all seriousness, I dated a girl for two years. I loved her, but she continuously hurt me. She would have mental breakdowns and blame me for her problems instead of letting me in and allowing me to support her. Still, I cared about her. I put so much effort in to try to fix something that was infinitely broken. Then, I met somebody else, a lovely person who interested me. For the first time in two years, I had a feeling of butterflies in my stomach, like I used to get in primary school. However, I did not pursue this girl, but I decided for myself that I wanted those butterflies more often. I wanted to meet new girls, take it slow, and to keep my options open. So, I made a decision to break up with my girlfriend of two years. A decision for myself, not this new girl. I think we, as people (including myself), continuously search for love or companionship, but in the end, we have to be happy on our own first. Only then we can make our loved ones happy and things will start to fall into place.
Good luck with your decision!
Love, Other Ryan.

Bear in mind, people come and go. In the end, you yourself will be the last person on earth that will sing he final lullaby song to help you to enter your last dream. Your partner and your new girl are persons who help you to arrange the lyrics and melody of your final lullaby. Nevertheless, you are the composer. The decision is in you, deep in yourself.
The new girl may be the reminder of what was thing you really look for in your relationship and you may decide to rejuvenate your relationship. In the other hand, she may be the love of your life, and living with your partner is the way to discover what you really need in your love life.
I have been trapped in such kind of decision and the lesson learned is the answer was always in myself. Kindness and sweetness are not ultimate things. Problem is not always a dead end. You may seek deeply what are beneath those kindness and sweetness and the problems in your relationship. You should find things fit you.
Happy self-discovering! Mikha. Indonesia.


Have you and your current partner tried some counseling? 2 years is a commitment and do you want to toss it away? All relationships require work and compromise after the "honeymoon" phase is over. Both of you are responsible for creating sparks and excitement to keep the relationship going. Isn't it worth fighting for?
The new girl has caught your eye because there's the novelty and excitement in a new relationship. The flirting, the blindness, the new found attention. Chances are after 2 years again, you may be looking again bc you're becoming complacent or your expectations of a partner are too high?
Open the communications with your current partner. Ask honest questions and listen with your heart, not your ego. Love is not disposable. It requires energy, honesty and compromises- TOGETHER.
Wishing you the best, Julie.

I don't think that considering your current relationship and this new girl as if they were part of the same problem is the best approach. First of all, you should think over your relationship; and then, after deciding whether or not to stay with your partner, think if you're gonna give this new girl a chance.
Have you tried to see things from the point of view of your partner? Does she lose her cool because you could have been more thoughtful? Or is she just overreacting and making things difficult for everyone? On this point, it would be useful to ask your friends about their impressions.
Being afraid of being alone and unhappy is not a good reason to stay in a relationship that doesn't go where you were expecting or doesn't fulfil you (no matter how much time the two people have been together). You stated that if this new girl is the same as your girlfriend, you would end up alone and unhappy. It doesn't sound like you're happy with the dynamic of your relationship. Be brave and make a change. Have a serious conversation with your girlfriend about your problems. It can lead to a break up, but it also can lead to a positive change in the relationship. Take that first step.
Always remember that you can be happy as a single individual too, and that's necessary in order to be able to have a healthy relationship. Wish you the best. Noelia, Argentina.


It is said that if you are in a relationship and you fall in love with someone else, then you don't truly love the one next to you, but if you still come back to that person, then the other was just a distraction.
In your case, I think you just got used with your lover and now that you met someone new, everything has changed.
I've never been in a situation like yours, but I am known for the advice I can give.
I recommend you to talk to your girlfriend. Discuss with her about everything that bothers you or makes you uncomfortable and ask her to say the same. This way, you will start resolving the problem. If it just doesn't work, don't be afraid to try with someone else, but I do advice you to wait for a while.
Even though you may seem ready for a new relationship it doesn't mean you are.
Be patient and maybe try to be more careful when it comes to love, be more opened and don't lose hope.
I hope my answer helped!!
I wish you luck and a happy life!!
Lots of Love from Romania!
Madalina.

You are facing a major decision and I really have to wonder what you are basing it on? Could it be that you are looking for a way out of this relationship? No shame in that but really what part have you played in your relationship troubles? If you don't answer that, you may indeed end up alone. We tend to bring the same behaviors to new relationships without even being aware of it. You say your current partner is blaming you for silly mistakes. Perhaps to her they are not so silly? Then you wonder if the new girl you fancy will be the same!! I really have to question your issues with trust and your expectations of a relationship, perhaps you need to mature a bit before pursuing either of these women, Laurie.

As someone who has been in a relationship for a very long time, I can tell you that everyone loses their cool over stupid mistakes and other things that their partner may or may not do. Since you've been in a relationship for 2 years, and you met a kind and sweet girl, you are probably going to get yelled at for getting to know this other girl. I wouldn't be very happy with my partner if he got to know another girl and was considering breaking up with me to start a relationship with her. Is it worth ruining what you already have?
I hope that this kind and sweet girl knows that you are already in a relationship because that wouldn't be fair to her. It's your choice to make. I wish that I could tell you what to do, but this is a decision that you have to make. If you are alone, would it be that bad? Good luck. C.

You should think about your current relationship as if there were no other girl "who is really sweet and kind", like you said. Even without that new person in your life, you say that your relationship is not going anywhere. If you feel so, you should think about breaking up, but no matter of a new person. You still don't know her well and you're afraid to find the same problems. That's the risk, but because of that I think that you shouldn't consider some other and new person while still being in relationship. I think that you should simply exclude any other person and just think about current relationship, asking yourself: Do I want to stay here no matter of other girls and how perfect they can be? Or do I want to leave this relationship because I'm not happy and I can't make her happy?
I think that those should be criterias for your decision: If you are happy and if you make other person happy. If not so, than talk to her and leave. After that you can consider new girls by getting to know them, now you can't know anything. Just because you like someone because she seems kind and sweet, doesn't mean you would be happy with her. So try to solve your relationship first and then think about new steps in life. I wish you luck! :) Kamili


The first thing I would say is, don't hold on to something that don't bring you anything anymore. If it doesn't make you happy, let it go. The second thing is, if you want to go forward and have better relationships, you need to work on yourself first. Try to understand why it's not working with your current girlfriend. Don't blame her but start to question yourself and your own behaviour and the effect it can have on her. Learn from that situation and your mistakes before engaging yourself into anything new or it would repeat again in another relationship. Learn from bad situations and improve yourself, be more understanding and self-aware and your relationships will only improve and bring you more joy.
With Love, Chloe.

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March 27, 2015 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
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So, a couple years back I was on a hike with a bunch of friends. One of my friends fell, she nearly went off the cliff but I was right there so she grabbed onto me and I got her onto ground. I was foolish. All I said was, "you okay?", but then I just sorta continued on. I was dumb to not realize that she was on her own. She lives in Utah now, far as you can see around where I live. Last Summer she was visiting, I found out that she was crying alone on that hike after. Scared to death. I can't live with myself now. I feel responsible for her. The fact that we don't keep in touch hurts me. I want to be like her best friend, I have this need to protect her. I am a musician and I've written songs for her but I don't know the best way to make these songs or what to do with them so she could realize how much I care and want to be her friend. So who do I turn to? Well, who else? The masters of music, Coldplay. I was just hoping to get advice from The Oracle to get me out of this Ghost Story.
Just a Ghost, France.


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March 20, 2015 / submitted by Anonymous, United Kingdom
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Lately my mental health hasn't been great - and when I say lately I mean for a period of about 5 or 6 weeks. It's started to show through in social situations and I've had a few embarrassing moments out and about where I've simply been too overwhelmed by everything. I'm a very passive person, and so it's been hard to explain or let people know, or even see how I'm feeling. However, this isn't what worries me the most.
My best friend suffers from anxiety, and has gone through some rough patches before, meaning whenever an incident or anything occurs I'm instantly compared to her, and told to just "stop it", because I don't have to be like that.
It's true, and I feel really awful and selfish because I can't control it and she has it worse than me. I'm just not really sure what to do, but I need to do something soon. I've been constantly feeling guilty about it and need advice. What should I do?

Firstly let me say that it's great you spotted the signs early and have started to question what to do about it.
Secondly, I urge you to continue on this path.
Mental health is not a competitive or a comparative illness. It doesn't matter at all what is happening to those around you. No matter what your friend is going through, your concern must be what it happening to YOU and how you deal with it. Your friend very well may have it worse than you but that doesn't make it any less of an issue.
Your major worry shouldn't be somebody else - that does not make you a selfish person at all.
You've described how overwhelming you find this situation and guilt is the last thing you need on top of that.
I'd like you to put aside every other feeling other than your anxieties. Write them down if that helps. If you aren't getting support from family or friends, try a school counsellor, teacher or doctor who can give you professional help.
Perhaps there is someone else within the extended family unit that you trust enough to tell them how you feel. Ask for help. Even if it proves difficult to find, I promise you it is there.
Maybe you should also talk with your friend. She may understand what you're going though. It might be too much for her so that's for you to gauge and decide if it's an option.
There may be some online information about groups in your area that deal with young people in similar situations - you are not alone.
Be proud of yourself for taking this step, I am. I'm sure that if you can reach out here, you have what it takes to do the same locally.
Over to you.

I'm so sorry that you've been feeling overwhelmed and anxious. Many of us have this problem, and you can't just stop it. You are not your friend. Other people also tend to think that panic and anxiety don't really exist. They are very real, but you aren't crazy, if you happen to feel this way. It sounds to me like you may be having panic attacks which are very real and can happen to anyone for a variety of reasons.
I don't like to be in large groups of people because I feel closed in. I try not to panic by relaxing and taking deep breaths. Then, I try to get to an area that is less crowded. You may need to see your doctor to see if you might need some medication or if you need to talk to a professional. There is nothing wrong any of these answers. You are going to be ok.
When I feel really anxious, at home, I like to listen to O from the Ghost Stories CD. I get anxious when I go to the doctor and the dentist, so I listen to O then too. Think of holding my hand when you start getting overwhelmed, take a deep breath, and tell yourself that you will be ok. I wish you the very best.
Cat.


I'm married since 30 years, and my wife is, now, constantly in anxiety. The only way to live found on two things:
1. Live constantly without anxiety. How? Listening music, better. The last of the Coldplay as we do, writing things, or idea, translating poems or songs, for yourself and your loved ones.
Enjoy. Gaudete. Filippo.

NO ONE has the right to compare you to your best friend. You are fighting your own battle and the only person you should be compared to is yourself (in terms of whether you are better than before or worse). The fact that someone else is struggling with a bigger problem doesn't imply that your problems are meaningless and that you don't deserve compassion and understanding. You shouldn't be feeling guilty for having a disorder or for the lack of understanding some people show.
First of all, I would advise you to seek professional help. That's one of the tools you need in order to learn how to deal with mental health problems. You should also give it a try and be open about your condition. Your friends and people around you will understand and be supportive if they know what you're facing, not to mention that that feeling of support can reduce the stress social situations might trigger. Just give them a chance. You don't have to give them extensive details. Just take some time and prepare a short answer. It would be good as well if you could tell your family (or whoever is comparing you to your best friend) the way that makes you feel and how it doesn't help you get better.
Hope everything goes well for you. Noelia, Argentina.


Let it go. Accept it and embrace it. Whatever it is that happens in you or your friend, the only way in my opinion not to feel guilty is to just accept it. Sometimes we feel guilty because some part of us feeling denial about us being a better person or a worse person than the one you've been compared to. What really matter the most is don't take everything anyone said about you, especially compare you to your friend. Those people has no right to tell you what you are and what you are supposed to be. She's your best friend, you're her best friend. You can only help each other because you share the bond called friendship. You never know she might feel the same thing to you. Talk to her, and then take some time alone to think. Find things that calm you the most and enjoy your life up to little things like waking up in the morning. Be brave and be confident, in that way you can find yourself as who you really are and embrace yourself.
If it got worse and you think you can't help it any longer, you might wanna seek help from professional doctors. But I hope it won't be any necessary, just be brave, confident, embrace and love yourself. You are beautiful the way you are.
Love, Lavina.

I'm sorry to hear you're feeling that way. What you should do is, stop comparing yourself to others. Never ever compare your problems to those of anyone else! We all cope with things in a different way and just because your friend has anxiety 'worse' then you, doesn't mean you're not allowed to feel anything or should feel guilty about having problems yourself. Besides who judges whether and when someone has worse troubles then you? If your problems feel real and serious to you, then thats what they are! You are not being selfish at all, trust me. I'd suggest you try to talk to someone. This could be a professional someone or someone who you trust and doesn't compare you to your best friend. Find help before it gets any worse is the best thing you can do right now. Good luck! Amanda.

I need you to know that in a way, I know how you feel. I've been through something similar some time ago, I am now in a situation like yours, but I know I cannot compare my problems with yours because it wouldn't be fair.
I'll tell you my problem and I'll tell you how I try to deal with it, in this way you might relate and it might help you.
I can't say I'm a depressive person, but I do have a problem, I cry from everything, I even have crises when I just can't stop crying and it's horrible because I can't talk to almost anyone about it. I don't talk about it because I know there are people out there that suffer a lot more, but you know what? That's wrong sometimes, cause sometimes, you suffer as well and it wouldn't be fair if you would just ignore it.
Don't feel bad about yourself. I understand that your friend's situation is a bit difficult, but you matter as well and don't ever let anyone tell you again to stop, ever. If it's hard, then it's done well and when it's hard, true friends show up.
Be careful and don't think about yourself that you're crazy or something, you're not. All you need is someone to talk to, someone to listen to you and help you and above all, to care about you and to love you.
Take care of you and smile!!
Lots of Love from Romania!
Madalina.
(EDIT: Madalina, the same goes for you! Talk to someone. Oracle.)

It' s hard to understand your problem without knowing your life. What has been happening last 5-6 weeks? What has been happening through your life to grow such state of mind which you call mental health issue? Has it ever happened to you? Do you have mental illnesses in your family,what are your family relations like? Is this first time that you have problems in friendship or it happened before? I think you should answer these question to find a real reason and cause of your problems. Then you can search for a help. That would be some confident person, family member or teacher or psychologist. Somebody should define your anxiety and your state of mind. And you should think about why it has all started and what's the biggest problem that you have in life. I hope you'll find your reasons and some answers,just keep searching and never accepting negativity, you were born to be happy! Love, Kamili.

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March 20, 2015 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
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At the moment I am dealing with some problems I have been having with my partner for two years now but sometimes I feel like it's not going where I want it to.
Recently I've met this one girl who is really sweet and kind.
The dilemma is who do I choose and why my partner blames me for a lot of silly mistakes and really loses her cool sometimes? What if this new girl is the same and then I'm left alone and unhappy?
Ryan. UK.


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