fragglerockjoe, I don't think bit'er ol'guy was necessarily talking about you.
I hear what you are saying. It's a good thing to run from destructive people in your life and say "good night" you won't be their bad guy anymore. Each of us have choices. The trick for me is to make the right choice one day at a time.
We all have life challenges each day of our life. Do I cave or do I change it up. We can change it up no matter what our circumstances or how old we are. I choose to change and grow and struggle to carry it out each day.
Oh yeah, a day at a time, step at a time, with peace, patience and perseverance. It's happening.