On developing a backbone
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
A couple of weeks ago, I had stopped at a casino and was sitting at a slot machine. A person I did not know came over and started talking to me. They didn't sit down and play but they were a distraction to my own play. I would have left the machine because it was not paying but "that would have been rude" (?). So it cost me $ that I would not have gambled because their desire to have someone to talk to overrode my desire to get up and leave.
I thought I had gotten better at standing up for myself since my sister told me that I needed to tell people if they were going to walk all over me they should at least remove their boots first.
It took me 60 years to learn to stand up to my older brother. Apparently that did not transfer to absolute strangers.
I am still a work in progress, but this may be a hopeless goal. Still, being aware of the problem is something. Maybe I just need to practice being rude.