Last month I got an e-mail from an old friend and co-worker whom I was very close to and consider him like the little brother I never had. When he was still single he had a falling out with his parents and came to live at my house for a while. That is how close I was to him.
Like most people I have a special e-mail account that I only give out to very close friends and family members. He knows this and even knowing this he forwarded my e-mail to a mutual acquaintance without my authorization or knowledge.
I got an e-mail from this person today and it really upset me. I decided a long time ago that I did not want to continue my friendship with this individual and I told that to my friend in more than one occasion. Why would he disregard my wishes?
Is it common practice to forward e-mails I consider private to your friends? I feel like my privacy was breached and that he violated our long time friendship by doing so.
This is not the first time this happens, he did it to me five or six years ago as well. He thinks the rift between this person and I is petty and wants us to be friends again…that is not going to happen. When I choose to end a friendship or relationship, it is forever. There is no going back. I can be cordial to that individual but that is as far as it will go. If I came to that decision I did not do so lightly, there is obviously a very good reason for me to have severed such ties.
What gives people the right to intrude in my personal life and tell me who I should reconcile with or not? At the very least I think he should of asked me if he could forward my e-mail knowing as he does how I feel about this person. Am I wrong?