“You give from what you’ve already received. If you haven’t received there’s nothing to give.”
This was said by a friend of mine years ago. I wrote it in a journal because it really had an impact on me.
Having been abused in such a covert manner and in insidious ways, I have grown up to wonder why my relationships were so fucked up. (That’s a technical term for unhealthy.)
I don’t remember now what exactly we were talking about when he said that, but it’s very likely that I was lamenting on how unhappy I was and probably something about how I’ve felt unsatisfied in every relationship I’ve ever had. That includes romantic and non, just the same.
Sometimes I think I’ve given too much, even though it was from a dry well. So that would make it fake wouldn’t it? I guessed a lot about how to be, how to act, how to talk and what to give and what to take. I wanted to show that I cared but I also wanted to be honest, which at times worked against me.
A friend of mine used to tell me that I was ‘too honest.’
A relationship at any given time could be unbalanced where I gave more than I felt but I wanted to keep the person from leaving or felt the need for approval. Other times I felt I was receiving too much and I would say something or do something to sabotage the relationship.
And then came the desperation in selling them a reason to stay.
After that I’d feel trapped and dishonest for making that “sale” and break it off or tell them they were calling too much. And then I’d feel lonely.
In truth I had nothing to give. Because there was nothing in the well.
Update on 10/27/16:
Since writing this, I’ve written a post about how I’ve been mostly a taker in relationships and friendships.
To add to this though, when I was “giving” anything, it was out of codependency a lot of the time, being a people pleaser, wanting them to stay because I didn’t want to be alone/lonely. It wasn’t authentic most of the time. I may have liked them, but I also may not have. I didn’t take much time to really know. Much of the time I was running away from myself.
Some cases I wanted to feel special. In other scenarios I wanted what they had, much of the time that was pot. There were plenty of times I would choose someone to call and hang out with based on the high possibility of them having weed.
Pathetic to think about that.
All that time wasted…in more ways than one. All that time I spent high or with someone that treated me like shit or with someone just to avoid being by myself, I could’ve been getting to know myself.
I’m trying to do that now. But it isn’t easy.