I have a problem lately with people telling me what to do — no matter if it’s my mom, husband, family member, coworker, neighbor or stranger. I get all prickly and my menopause mad kicks in. I don’t need anyone telling me what to do. I can decide for myself what I want to do.
For example the following situation happened at work last week:
“Why didn’t you come in at 1 p.m. today?” A coworker asked me last week when I came in at 2 p.m. which is my normal starting time. “You know we are busy.”
I didn’t respond, but what rant went on in my head — I know we are busy, but I didn’t feel like coming on at 2 today. It’s not mandatory. There are things that I needed to do for myself — like write for an hour. I feel this is more important to my well being than coming in at 2. I didn’t want to come in at 2 and I’m not feeling guilty about it.
I don’t know what to say. It’s like I have this 4 year old that comes to the surface and has a tantrum. She gets mad and says “You’re not going to tell me what do. I’m smart enough and old enough to decide what I want to do and when I want to do it. I will decide what is best for me.”
You have to understand something. This isn’t me. This really has never been me. This isn’t the way I usually react to these situations. This isn’t who I am.
Until this menopause thing kicked in.
My fits come on like hot flashes — from the inside and boil out. No warnings. Just words tumbling out of my mouth. No rhyme. No reason. Just tumbling.
It embarrasses me. It makes me feel bad because I don’t know this part of myself. I don’t know how to control her. People probably think I’m a bitch, but I don’t know how to stop it. I actually scares me to be like this sometimes because this is not me. I used to be calm, quiet, and not allowed bothered me, but now look out.
For the first time in my life I’m not afraid to stand up for myself. I’m not afraid to stand up for what I want and what I need and what is important to me. This isn’t a bad thing. It’s a good thing. I’m just not used to being like this.
I feel like I’m coming into my own, but I’m not sure what my own is. It’s funny because I don’t know who this person is, but I know it’s part of the real me coming to the surface. It’s uncomfortable territory, but I ready to see what is there and who I really am and what she wants and needs.
Look out ’cause here I come!