"If you're the smartest person in your group, then you need to find a new group"
To this day I still have friendships that were formed during my grade school years, and I value them. The only problem is that most of these people haven't changed; they are content to stay stuck in a time warp of living and talking about the same problems that we talked about years ago, only now they are older with families.
Everybody complains at least a little bit; it helps to relieve some stress. But it is like a hobby for some of my friends to complain, while doing nothing to make their situation better.
My other problem is trying to avoid the toxic negativity that is everywhere in life, I really don't need those people around they are like a bad disease. I'm not saying I'm smarter than my friends just that my life has changed and shifted into a new direction making it harder to be around and listen to the same redundant crap again and again.
It will be good to just get away for the weekend.