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When do you know you have healthy boundaries?

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fireproof posted 12/11/2013 21:25 PM

After my divorce I read all about boundaries and the fact a second relationship too quickly can cause bigger heartbreak than the actual divorce!

I stayed away from most people on a daily basis. Now I am trying to get my feet underneath me and I feel different.

I can't tell if it is me or the different people or being an adult. For example I know I don't like it when people are rude to the waiter but I figure it is me being over sensitive. But when is it really like that bothers me!

At what point do you get to feel your emotions are real not a by product of this stuff? Do you miss out on things because these same feelings stop you?

I guess in my heart I feel a way but what if it is me wishing like I do that my ex will see the wrong in what he did or is doing but signing up for a group of people who have been used to being rude to wait staff?

SI Staff posted 12/13/2013 18:54 PM

Bumping so that members can read and give advice.

Lisa2You posted 12/13/2013 22:28 PM

My barometer is this question, "Is it reasonable?" Is it reasonable to not like someone being rude to the waiter? I'd say yes. Is it reasonable to cry uncontrollably over a story on the news? Probably not.

I just think it takes time to reclaim who you are and what you like or don't like separately from your spouse. Like everything else with this - it's a process.

My best to you.

caregiver9000 posted 12/13/2013 22:35 PM

I don't know if it is a by product of "this" or if it is being a grown up, but I am completely comfortable excluding people from my inner circle based on rudeness to wait staff, or lying, or petty behavior, drinking, whatever.

Life is short. I don't want to waste it with people who make me cringe.

exhausted lady posted 12/14/2013 02:03 AM

I'm a few years out.....and I found that if someone did something to give me that "gut clenching" feeling, it was time to move on. Always, always trust your gut.

A person that will be rude to waitstaff, will not hesitate to be an asshole to you later. If you feel that your date is looking for someone to validate him....he is.

Trust your gut, and don't be shy about saying "no thanks" to another date. It's your right for God's sake!!!!

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