By Carrie Matthews
A shrill cry echoed in the mist the day I decided to set boundaries. In my heart I knew it was the best thing to do for me. But I also knew it would piss people off and cost a few friendships.
Icy fingers gripped my arm in the darkness as I stood my ground. I can not let people take advantage of me anymore. There is more to me than sexual favors, being a walking ATM, and being a local motel for some homeless person.
I'm the girl who will help someone out if I can. But I should not be forced to go without my needs just to help you out. Nor do I have to put up with being falsely accused of spreading rumors, going to management everyday, or not coming to you like an adult.
I have enough to deal with in my life without trying to please other people. I'm the only person I should have to please. I'm done with being hurt by others, being used as a door mat, kissing someone else's ass, or just plain being dogged because I choose to better my life and set boundaries.