I spend every day,
every bite of food I eat,
every phone call I make,
every trip to the bathroom,
to two individuals
totally incapable of understanding the circumstances
or the consequences of those actions or decisions.
I DO NOT FEEL THE NEED TO DO THE SAME FOR YOU, THE ADULTS IN MY LIFE.
I need respect from you,
I need you to accept it when I say “I can’t” or “I don’t have time” or
“I don’t like it”
without expecting me to justify, explain or reason with you and everyone else regarding MY decision.
I need you to assume that I have thought it through,
that I have a good reason,
that I might be in need of a time out–and that’s okay.
And I need you to stop using my good nature, my desire to please, and my need to feel needed as an open highway for manipulating me into changing my mind.
I promise, if you show me half of the respect I’ve been showing you all these years, I’ll seem like a much nicer person.