Sometimes it’s hard to recognize and come to grips with the very real flaws in our everyday relationships. Whether it’s a romantic relationship, relationships with family, or our relationships with our friends, you may currently be beneath the relationship veil. Soooo here is a little “outsider looking in” advice that you should seriously consider.
1) Stop letting people use you. If you notice the only time you hear from this person is when they need a listening ear to vent to, financial assistance, or help of some kind stop answering their texts and calls. These are the type that could see you on the barely keeping things together side for yourself, or on the verge of your own breakdown, and WOULD STILL ask if they can borrow a few dollars, get a ride somewhere, if you could watch their kids, etc. Often times you are only as valuable to these people as what you’re willing to give and do for them. If you are desperate enough to have a relationship with these people to allow them to keep using you, or don’t mind having to constantly make excuses or say no to them then keep them around. Otherwise, eliminate these people from your life. If it’s a family member, love them from afar, and holla at cuz only at family functions.
2) Stop letting people manipulate you. If this person is going to kill his/herself if you don’t do a particular thing, if you’re going to ruin their life if you don’t do a particular thing, if they can’t be with you unless you accept a particular thing, etc., as harsh as it sounds, that’s their problem; not yours. You can have a verbally, mentally, or physically abusive person in your life that you have tried your best to work with, yet reached a point where you couldn’t tolerate them anymore. Many times these people will try to force you to continue to be subjected to the unpleasant things they do to you by making statements similar to the aforementioned. DON’T YOU FALL FOR IT! 9 times out of 10 he/she is not going to kill his/herself, you are not ruining their life, and you should never be required to lose yourself to be with or around someone. Similar statements and other actions that try to bully or manipulate you (like causing conflict in one of your other romantic/friend/family/work relationships, incessantly calling or texting you, accusing you of various things like having never cared for them, etc.) are simply tools of the trade for these people. Walk away.
3) Never be someone’s secret. It’s understandable, with the way social media works these days, if someone doesn’t want to blast the relationship between the two of you on social media. Lord knows there will be someone standing by ready to hate on your relationship. HOWEVER if you are an absolute secret that this person appears to be extremely cautious with and pretty damned determined to never let get out, that’s a problem. If you try to take a pic with your “boo” and they are always dodging the camera, or you’re going live and they duck or slap the phone out of your hand to avoid appearing on your live, if this person never so much as references that they have a significant other in ANY post ever, and he/she appears single as a dollar bill to everyone on the outside looking in….. YOU ARE A SECRET and not just low key. If you’re friend of the opposite sex can’t talk to you around their mate, can’t hang out with you with their mate or family, you can’t get an invite to none of the family events, YOU ARE A SECRET and not really a “friend”. Get out of and away from these secret relationships. They’re not healthy for you, and leave you vulnerable to some emotional gut shots, or all out embarrassment. And no, I’m not speaking to those whose moral structure allows them to be a proud side piece. You’re a different breed. I’m speaking to those who are not content being someone’s dirty little secret. First acknowledge that you are, in fact, a secret. It’s not “complicated” or they’re not “protecting you” or just “extremely private” or anything else they’re feeding you. Stop falling for the nonsense. Find a mate or friends who won’t keep you secret, and are more than proud to have you.
4) Family is forever, like it or not. Yes, in this day and age there are countless people more than willing to drag their family all over the internet talking about how horrible they are and how dirty they did them. These people will tell you their family business, make threats to their family, blast their family, etc. all for….what exactly? For your entertainment. No matter what other reason they give, it’s because they feel someone will understand where they are coming from, why they are so upset, or why they feel so betrayed and, often hardly knowing these people, it’s pure entertainment for the masses. The problem is, as a spectator, most people couldn’t care less who was right, who was wrong, or if there is a resolution to be had. For most, it’s simple entertainment and just one more thing to gossip about. Guess what….Junebug STILL coming to the family reunion, like it or not. Yup, some family will do you dirtier than a stranger in the street. Once you learn that, don’t hold on to all of that bitter resentment and aggression. Don’t become that cousin that’s always messing up the family gatherings because of the chip you have on your shoulder. Stop embarrassing the whole family on social media because of mess between you and Junebug. Simply change how you move. Now you know you have to love this particular relative from afar (If at all) and never allow them to again get into a position to do you wrong a second time. Stop letting the world know your grandmothers and grandfathers or parents dropped the ball somewhere and raised, thereby creating, these ain’t sh*t individuals that exist in your family. Look at these people who exist in your family as a fluke, and not the new standard for the “Modern Family”.
5) If something feels off to you, it probably is. Unless you are someone with an anxiety disorder of some sort, have some kind of history of constantly being wrong, or are just a naturally suspicious person, believe your gut instincts. If you are one of the aforementioned persons, take your meds and understand that for you, things may not be what they seem. However if none of the previously mentioned applies to you, it hurts nothing and helps everything to put your mind at ease. If you think your kid is lying about who they are with or where they are going, check it out and verify. If you feel one of your family members is acting a little funny, investigate it and talk to them about it. If you feel things are a little different between you and your mate, don’t start snooping around, stalking them, or hawking them. Speak to them; lay your concerns on the table. You’ll feel a lot better just getting it all out of your system and getting to the bottom of things rather than getting yourself all worked up subconsciously over what may, quite possibly, be nothing. If you do discover problems, then move on to finding or creating solutions. Don’t be more afraid to look crazy than you are afraid to actually GO crazy. Don’t do it to yourself. Whatever it is, don’t wimp out, be too busy, or be too lazy to get it handled. It will be much better for your mental health.
If any of these flaws exist in your everyday relationships, whether it’s a romantic relationship, relationships with family, or our relationships with our friends, stop living beneath the relationship veil. Outsiders looking in probably already see what you could possibly be blind to, or simply not yet prepared to tackle. Get to cleaning out your relationship clutter. You’ve got some straightening out to do.