“When we give others the power to push our emotional buttons, we become their slaves, often without realizing it.”
— HeatherAsh Amara
I have thick skin. The manipulation woven in communication and barbs are something I can take in stride and I rarely lose my cool. Sometimes, this is an act. Things do get to me and I have to take time to recover. The more I trust someone, the more I let them in on my feelings. The closer I am to someone, the less I act as though everything is fine. I have a little ritual of recovery that includes some time alone and a pen and paper. A way for me to understand my thoughts, to process why I am upset and to free myself from any emotional burden.
Despite this system of recovery, I cannot get this quote out of my head. I refuse to be someone’s emotional slave. My skin isn’t as thick as I would like it to be. Instead of being proud of my recovery system I need to teach myself to recover in real time. This is the new priority.