As a teen, TikTook creates stress in my life. When I hang around with mates, they typically ask if I wish to make a TikTook with them. I by no means counsel it, nevertheless it almost at all times comes up. I wish to be good and say sure, however then I fear that different mates will see the clip and really feel excluded that they weren’t a part of it. At instances, TikToks have made me really feel separate from my mates, and I don’t wish to make anybody else really feel that. How can I be well mannered and nonetheless respect my mates’ emotions?
You sound like an exceedingly type individual. It’s not at all times the case that somebody takes a hurtful expertise — say, being excluded from mates’ TikToks — and resolves to not damage others the identical manner. I imagine that your empathy will serve you properly.
Let me counsel two methods to strategy your folks. If you actually don’t take pleasure in dreaming up ideas for clips, filming them and sharing them on social media, simply say, “Let’s do something else. I need a breather from TikTok.” You could also be shocked that others agree. Sometimes posting can really feel like strain.
But if the one factor stopping you is your concern of injuring absent mates, why not embrace a number of while you hang around? Or invite others to make TikToks with you later? We can’t all be invited to every thing. And a lot of social life is an accident: being in the precise place on the proper time. Better to increase the pool of people who find themselves in these locations than reject enjoyable alternatives after they come up. (And by no means cease being so considerate!)
Babe, Are You Trying to Kill Me?
My boyfriend flew to Tulum for a trip. I refused to go as a result of I didn’t suppose it was secure. I’ve an autoimmune illness that places me at higher threat for creating extreme signs of Covid-19. Now, I see footage of my boyfriend going to events in Tulum, getting spa remedies and never carrying a masks. He gained’t decide to getting examined the day he returns. In March, he was the one panicking! How do I get him to know that his conduct is doubtlessly harmful for my well being?
I don’t wish to go overboard. You haven’t mentioned how critical your relationship is or the way you expressed your issues to your boyfriend. Still, saying “I see red flags here” is a giant understatement. This man is prioritizing (and seemingly reckless) time in Mexico over his and your well-being.
A medical observe: You are inserting an excessive amount of religion in testing on the day your boyfriend returns from trip. Testing is necessary, however there could also be a lag between an infection with the virus and testing constructive for Covid-19. The solely secure different is for him to quarantine for a interval. Many states suggest 14 days.
Now, six months into this pandemic, your query isn’t rocket science. If your boyfriend refuses to put on a masks or observe social distancing and different smart security precautions, take into account making his post-vacation quarantine a everlasting one. Why would you desire a boyfriend who doesn’t care about retaining you or himself secure?
Not the Therapist
I lately reconnected with an individual from my previous on whom I’m now creating a significant crush. The feeling is mutual, which is nice. But the opposite day, we found that we share a much-loved therapist. I’ve at all times wished thus far an developed one who goes to a therapist — simply not mine! I additionally get the sense that neither of us needs to discover a new therapist. Help!
Crushes are principally fantasy — and enjoyable! But there’s a protracted highway between a crush, nevertheless “major,” and a relationship that’s more likely to trigger your therapist moral issues otherwise you and your pal discomfort. For now, simply take pleasure in attending to know one another once more.
Sure, inform your therapist concerning the crush. But why borrow bother? If this spark of curiosity develops right into a romance — or should you, your pal or the therapist really feel uncomfortable — your therapist may also help one or each of you discover new therapists. Your concentrate on remedy, although, as a substitute of the connection, suggests this can be a methods off.
To Give, or Not to Give
We acquired an evite to a digital marriage ceremony. We weren’t on the visitor listing for the unique marriage ceremony (in actual life) which was canceled as results of the coronavirus pandemic. That was fantastic with us as a result of we’re solely informal mates of the groom’s dad and mom. Now that we’re invited to the Zoom marriage ceremony and “celebration,” are we anticipated to present a present? We barely know the groom and by no means met the bride.
Nine out of 10 marriage ceremony questions I obtain are about presents. I discover this almost as odd because the pent-up anger over so-called “gift grabs” (being invited to weddings the place we expect we’re solely wished for our presents).
I can’t inform whether or not this invitation is welcome or suspect to you. But it’s fairly easy both manner: If you wish to go to the Zoom marriage ceremony, say sure, then log in and ship a token reward. If you don’t, decline politely and name it a day.
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