Forgiveness may not come easy, especially if you were hurt in a significant way. But it’s an important part of moving on from painful experiences, and it will ultimately give you greater mental health and happiness.
Forgiveness doesn’t mean you have to forget. It does, however, mean that you need to stop holding on to feelings of anger and resentment.
Forgiveness is the next logical step after choosing to let go of your hurt and your sense of victimhood. Without forgiveness, you may never fully let go of the pain.
Forgiving your friend also requires you to forgive yourself. If you had any part in the incident, or if you ended up saying something out of anger, you need to let that go as well.
Once you’ve forgiven everyone involved, you’ll be free. With time you will move past the painful experience completely.