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Dear Abby

Dear Abby, 

You always give such great advice to other people. How does it feel to have random people trusting you with their questions?

Dear Anonymous, 

Thank you for the question, I don’t usually get asked about myself! As all of the questions I get are anonymous tips, I suppose it makes it much easier for people to ask me because I don’t actually know who’s asking them. Regardless, it does feel good that people put their faith and trust in me to answer their personal questions. On the other hand, it is a little bit nerve-wracking because the person who asked the question might interpret the advice I give them in a different way than I intended. Honestly, giving people my opinions on their personal life is risky, but I love to help people, so I think it’s worth it. 

Dear Abby, 

I’ve known for my whole life that I am adopted, but recently I did a DNA test to find out my background and I came across two women that could possibly be my mother. I have the means to contact them, but should I? I don’t want to completely disrupt their lives, but I’m curious of course. I hope this question isn’t too deep for you. 

Dear Anonymous, 

It’s not too deep for me! But take my advice with a grain of salt, as this is ultimately your decision to make, not mine. If you are truly curious to meet these women and possibly find out who your mother is, I say go for it. The worst thing that could happen is that they will say no. This is information that could change your life, no matter how content you’ve become with not knowing who they are. I know you must be curious to know something about them. Try reaching out and if they respond, go see them! Good luck!

Dear Abby,

My boyfriend and I recently decided that it would be best for us to take a break from our relationship. Even though it was a mutual decision, I can’t stop thinking about how I regret it. Is this worth it? How can I stop being so sad over it?

 Dear Anonymous,

The most important thing to think about during this break is you. I understand that he is probably the only thing on your mind, but you have to work on yourself in order for the break to be effective for the both of you. Take this time as a way to better yourself and try not to look at it with such a negative view. If you can’t make yourself happy, you can’t make someone else happy. I wish you the best, and make sure that you better yourself before you decide to jump back into the relationship.

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