I have a confession to make which should surprise no one who knows me at all.
I am a doormat.
And, before you stop what you are doing to text me (if you know me, don’t text me if you don’t- how do you have my number?) I want to say, I don’t say this in self-hatred or belittling. It’s just true.
I sit here grappling with a quote I’ve heard and read over and over again:
“You are what you tolerate” or “What you allow will continue”
(I’ve tried to find some original sources for those, so if you have them let me know- mostly I just find them as a Michael Scott quote where he quotes himself quoting Wayne Gretsky.)
I want to talk to you about what goes on inside my head when I am a being a doormat.
I believe that people who aren’t doormats, who don’t understand what it’s like to be a doormat, what it’s like to have the trains of thought running in your head of what you might want to say or do versus what you actually say or do. I want people to understand that this is sometimes an hourly battle in my brain.
I also want to note that I am a 2 on the enneagram- not an excuse but just a note to remember. Twos are the helper. They get fulfilled by being needed (obviously not always healthy). Twos build resentment easily when others don’t meet the needs that they don’t ever verbalize. They also on the flip side don’t want to be a burden or allow others to help them.
My brain is a tangled web guys.
For instance, last week, I was sitting on my couch texting my work wife/ love of my life Victoria. And at one point as she told me some hard things that I needed to hear, I said that I loved her for dealing with me.
(This was the wrong thing to day to Victoria and she immediately called me out on said statement).
So let’s say someone asks me if I will help them with something that will take all day on a Saturday. But, I am exhausted, tired, burnt out and also just don’t want too.
The following is my circle in my brain:
“Well, they helped me that one time..”
“Well, what if I’m the only one that can do it…”
“Well, they are probably more tired then I am..”
“Well, they are going to be mad if I don’t..”
“Well what if no one helps them..”
“What if I say no and they think less of me..”
I would like to say that’s the end of it. But it’s not. It just keeps going and going. And as it keeps going, my anxiety builds (as it is right now writing these words).
It keeps going and going until 8/10 I help with whatever the person needs. It keeps going in my head until I talk myself out of taking care of myself and I help the person and say yes.
And I know…you’re probably sitting there thinking…just say no! It’s not that hard!
I’m sorry to tell you this random person reading the blog, but it’s actually very, very damn hard for me.
I’ve gotten better at saying no in the last five years. I have a sufficiently small amount of FOMO (I’m really good at saying no to going to events or going out on the town.)
But, I am still, for all purposes probably more of a doormat than I should be.
And it’s starting to get to my heart.
(Also known as me, crying silently on my couch on a Thursday night, while watching Chopped).
And I am starting to realize that people do in fact treat me like a doormat because I let them. I have allowed people to know it’s ok to step on me and use me for my yes, even humans I would deem as friends.
That’s a really damn hard thing to grapple with.
I guess I wanted to write this for a few reasons.
One being, I wanted people to understand, people who love me and don’t know why I don’t stand up for myself more often how fucking hard it is to talk down the circles in my brain about how I’m a horrible person if I don’t do x, y, z.
It is in no way, shape or form easier to be a doormat.
I also wanted to write this because committing words to paper helps me truly think where I’ve come from and where I’ve been and how I’ve gotten to where I’m at.
And I’ve come farther friends than I give myself credit for.
And lastly, and honestly why I write most words and put them up for people to read- I want you to know that if this is you- you are not alone.
If you are a human that questions stating your needs because you feel like a burden: I’m here for you.
If you are human who on those odd moments that you do say no feel like you’re a horrible person: I’m here for you.
If you’re realizing the people stepping on you are doing it because they know they can: here’s a rag to clean off the dirt- I get it.
I believe in us.
I believe we have the ability to shake off guilt that we create, to be able to help out of a healthy place and to stand up for ourselves and not feel bad about it.
I also believe we have the ability to stand up for ourselves, not feel bad about it and not succumb to the guilt that others try to use on us because it’s always worked before.
If I’ve learned anything in this damn year it’s this: what used to work doesn’t anymore. What used to heal wounds just makes them worse and words that sounded like love have become band-aids over cuts that probably need stitches.
To my fellow doormats;
I see you. I get you. I’m here for you.
Even if you just need someone that you can say;
“Hey, I’m a doormat too- and I’m trying to change”
Meg, a doormat, who is trying to change.