We must be very careful what type of friendships we have with others. Even though we might not be aware of it, our friendships mould, shape and affect who we are. People are often judged on the friendships they keep as they so often say “birds of a feather flock together.”
Good friends bring out the good in us and bad friends bring out the bad. Sometimes good friends can influence us to do bad things and sometimes we can influence bad friends to do good things.
So what do you do when friends you truly like continue to do things and act in ways you do not agree with? Instead of making excuses and staying away from them, a true friend would speak to them and let them know how they feel. Should they then have the same, or any regard for your friendship at all, they would at the very least consider changing their ways.
Should they choose not to, the friendship was doomed anyway. It is better for you to be a good influence on others than for you to allow others to be a bad influence on you.