Malone finds it difficult to push the boundaries
People can be divided into two different categories. Those who know what boundaries are. And the rest of us. If you’re thinking like me – but everyone knows what boundaries are! For instance, Germany shares loads of boundaries with other countries in Europe! Well that’s what I thought too.
But no, (now the rest of you well formed humans know this already) apparently there are these other things called ‘personal boundaries’. Which clever clog psychological therapy types band about, leaving me wondering, “so what are they, and where do I get some? Asda?”
In spite of the economic climate and VAT increase, there is a large consumer demand for boundaries but still they are not stocked in shops. I don’t have any, and boy, they sound good, I want some.
I looked online but according to eHow, (I love the modern world helping me to nurture my emotional intelligence through an online list of how-to’s ), they cannot be bought but actually require work on one’s self.
Rubbish. I’m a modern woman, I don’t want to have to handwash; I want a washing machine with a handwash option. I don’t want to walk to work; but I will go to the gym after work to walk on the treadmill. And now I want to buy myself some inner- healing please.
I went to see a doctor in Harley Street about my skin complaints. He remarked, “You need to have a door or a window”. “Pardon?” I said, “Where’s my prescription for hydrocortisone?” Apparently I need a door or a window leading to me, rather than just letting all and sundry in. Perhaps he is suggesting I use Facebook less? I don’t understand this Psycho-babble!
“ I need to tell someone to get lost once a day right? I can do that”
I end up crying and scratching my skin while telling the doctor every single thing that’s happened to me since I was 6 years old, like Chunk from The Goonies. Part of me was worried that the consultation was over-running, so I said, “I’m embarrassed now, I’ve been too honest”. Twinkly-eyed he said, “no, your honesty is part of your charm”.
So Googling eHow again (I’m positive that this is how doctors reference academic literature), it says: ‘Setting personal boundaries can be difficult for women. Women have this need to nurture, help, and support. Relinquish your need to be a people-pleaser.’
I must ensure I bring my daughter up with these boundary things. I think I’m beginning to understand boundaries. I need to tell someone to get lost once a day right? I can do that. Does that mean that my daughter has to tell me to get lost once a day? Hmm, not sure I can have that.