What kind of people do you kick out of your life?
I put up with a lot of crap. I try not to be overly forgiving but there is a line I draw and that's if someone's fake, dishonest or overly using me for their own benefit be it to get free art out of me, money or whatever. It doesn't help that I'm slow to anger, too. So this is a bit of a tough one.
Ahh! being used for art must succkkk! Artists spend so much time and hard work on our stuff, and I can't imagine being used for that, that's pretty heckin' shitty, hope that doesn't happen to you again!
People who leave me feeling drained and tired, as well as relieved to get away from them are among the first to get kicked out.
Everyone has a limited amount of emotional energy that they divide among people they care about, but when someone takes too much from you (and even worse, knows about it and does nothing about it), it's time to take care of yourself and get rid of that emotional vampire.
That's a tough one.
First I had to learn my limits. My real limits not the ones I've been living with.
Then I had to find the courage to stand up for myself. Its not as grand as it sounds. It's been more of little struggles here and there.
Those who dont mind that you stand your ground will stick around and eventually stop testing you. The ones that do mind get tired and walk away all by themselves.
The hardest part is the learning to stand up for yourself. I imagine if I were my son and someone were treating him like people treat me how would I want him to respond.