“Well, actually, it wasn’t. They’ve known her suicidal behaviour. She’s attempted twice before, and when she succeeded, it was at her aunt’s house. They thought she’d be safe with the constant watch of her aunt.”
“Well, of course, all those things matter. That’s what society is after. It’s people like her who will succeed in life because she strives to climb the corporate ladder, to be successful and be rich.”
“I thought I had to be strong for you. I thought I had to show only the positives so you can rely on me. I thought that’s what men are supposed to do. *confused*”
I may never forget the awkward look on my mom’s face. It was as if I had suggested something that would put the whole family to shame. Or perhaps, that was exactly what I did.
It works like any drug that provides temporary relief, then it’s gone. So you do it all over again. Everything in moderation. The ability to balance all void-fillers plus understanding oneself may unlock the benefits of retail therapy.
“I have to go but I think you are fine the way you are. I accept you for who you are and I hope you will accept yourself too.” Still standing in front of the mannequin display, I felt like I was hit by a train.