I told this to a friend going through some difficulties in her relationship months ago when she was wondering if she was asking for too much from her partner, and it’s something I’ve had to remind myself in various types of relationships over the years.
You are not too much. You have needs, and if we avoid or sidestep communicating those needs for fear of losing the person, we’re actually being incredibly dishonest to both ourselves and the person we’re hoping will magically be able to meet those needs without even knowing what we want.
And if they can’t meet those needs even after reasonable, respectful and open communication? Then perhaps they weren’t meant to stay in your life to begin with.
Amir Levine says in his book Attached, “most people are only as needy as their unmet needs.”
Would you rather stay silently in a relationship where resentment is constantly building because you aren’t communicating what you need out of a sense of fear?
Or face showing up for yourself and letting the chips fall?
There is no right or wrong answer here. It’s up to you, and you get to choose what feels best for you. But I’ll you that the second option requires much more self trust and innately knowing that you will be able to survive either way.
And it also requires knowing and accepting that you cannot manage or control the reaction of the other person.
Ask me a question – I’ll use this for future podcast episodes!
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Episode #130, Cancer, Depression & Strength: A Powerful Story of Hope & Resilience with Tom McClelland
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