— Linda K., St. Paul, Minnesota
You are still young, and you are on a path to being a more aware person. Keep this in mind. The big step is already behind you. Walking away from those who stomped on your boundaries and took advantage was a courageous move. You have inner resources, and you are taking advantage of them. Being unhappy is a temporary price to pay, I think. The past still casts a shadow over your emotions. In a sense, you are living in two time zones, but after a while the present—the time zone you are meant to be in—will start to be more important.
I don't want to deny you immediate relief. As I'm sure you already know, I advise meditation and finding a confidant in whom to confide, someone who will not judge you. The important thing in your case is you need to find someone who can bring you back to the present as often as you need it, which will be hundreds of times in the coming months and years. Find one person who is as grounded in present reality as you want to be. Form a relationship, ask for the exact help you need and keep looking until such a person agrees to be there for you.
As a recovering doormat, you find it hard to believe you have a right to make any demands. But this is one demand that a kind, understanding person will be happy to meet.
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