I used to take “No” lessons from one of my coworkers years ago.
Back when I was still married to Ex-husband #2, and working for a different company, one of my coworkers used to tell me often that I needed to learn how to say “NO” and mean it.
This was usually in reference to something my ex wanted to spend money on that we really didn’t need, and I was being coerced into going along with it. He would manipulate me with guilt, and I would cave, because it was easier to just go along and get along than deal with the pouting and temper tantrum when he didn’t get his way.
The “NO” lessons didn’t work very well back then.
Of course, the guilt had had years of training by then, as my Mom and Grandma were the Queens of Guilt, wielding it like fierce bullwhips crackling in the air whenever us kids would step outside of their imagined “acceptable” boundaries.
It’s damn hard to say No when you’ve been trained most of your life that you don’t have the right to that word…
And yet, here I am again, trying to learn how to do just that.
I’ve done it, successfully, a few times over the years. Sometimes even in big ways, that have benefitted me greatly.
And yet, there are times, recently, when I still feel guilty about setting personal boundaries and saying No.
I have a personal fb account.
It’s very private, and I have very few people in it. Less than 20, actually. A handful of family members (some blood, some Chosen), some friends from the blogging world that I never get to see in person, a couple of friends who live out of state, who, again, I don’t get to see in person, & a couple of friends from here in town.
But, these are all people who I am actually CLOSE to, in one way or another. We share a connection, we talk, we text, we vent, we laugh, we mourn, we gripe & share war stories together – the friends here in town? Occasionally we get together & actually GEOGRAPHICALLY hang out with one another. We go to dinner, or grab drinks, or walk in the park, or get coffee/tea. We do things together.
So, when I received a “friend” request the other day from someone who I’m not close with, but just a friendly acquaintance…
Ahh…there’s that guilt again.
There was a blow-up a few years ago at work over my fb account. Because I’d deleted a bunch of people from my page who I wasn’t actually really friends with, but just friendly, and when they wanted to play around on my page…they couldn’t get on it anymore, because I’d deleted them.
It got brought into the office, of all the inappropriate places, and made a big stink about, so I blocked pretty much everyone, & said I’d deleted my page altogether.
Problem solved ~Poof.
Now it’s rearing its ugly head again.
I’m done explaining.
My personal page is private.
I don’t see what the big deal is, anyway.
It’s not like any of the juicy shit gets put there, anyway.
All the raw, personal ME is RIGHT HERE.
Stop being butthurt about not being able to snoop on my social media page where I post memes about Paganism and GOT, FFS.
If you’re reading this, you know more about me than those who only see fb.
And if you want to know what’s going on in my life, but haven’t seen it here? Maybe you should FUCKING ASK ME INSTEAD OF TALKING BEHIND MY BACK.