This week, I had a horrible experience dealing with a difficult sibling, someone who when very angry, gets physical. This person shoved furniture I sat on, right in front of two relatives–people with authority–but they did nothing. In fact, they defended and minimized the behavior. Even though in public, it would have definitely been considered wrong. Apparently my “words are mean,” and in the minds of these relatives, excuse the violent behavior. I’m very upset, and I feel betrayed by my own family. This sucks. I also feel that NLD makes it harder for me to express my thoughts and beliefs, especially under the time-pressured burden of verbal speech. I am presently stuck (due to the economy) in proximity to this person I can’t stand. Yesterday we ignored each other. But I’m not going to pretend this didn’t happen, let it go, or agree with people who said it was excusable. I just won’t be treated as less than them. And this relative is difficult to deal with–the person refuses to look for work and drinks excessively. I shouldn’t have to be exposed to these behaviors, but oblivious relatives do nothing. Do you have sibling difficulties? How do you deal with them? Thank you for listening to me vent.
Archive for January, 2012
Again, my apologies for fewer blog messages in the past months. I very much enjoy writing for this blog, and look forward to your comments and ideas. I will continue to write, especially as I develop more insights about living with this condition.
So one of my resolutions is to stay away from toxic people. So far it’s working better than last year, but we’re less than two weeks into 2012.
I’ve often wished to work in the field of college (or graduate) admissions and/or consulting (or academic advising). So this year I hope to do more with these goals, but am not yet sure how.
We’re going to have, through NLD awareness, advocacy, and acceptance, a better year than last. I look forward to continuing with this blog. Thank you to my wonderful, thoughtful, determined readers. It is such a great form of support to trade experiences and strategies.