I just had a bit of a spat with one of my closest friends, and for once, I had no idea where it came from.
I knew he was pissy with me because of his silence and lack of ‘How are you?’ texts for a few days, but when I sent him one telling him that I just got a days work with a well know steak restaurant, he totally killed my buzz by replying:
‘Well being a vegan you can’t expect me to cheer about it’.
And because I was a bit peeved by his passive aggressive silence and for pissing on my bovine BBQ, especially as (a) he’s not normally so easily offended, and (b) lives with a carnivore, (c) knows how financially strapped I am, I replied with a sarky but humorous:
‘You? A vegan? Really? But you’ve kept so quiet about it!’.
Because out of all of our circle of friends I am the most supportive, helpful and facilitating of his lifestyle choice. I send him recipes, I eat in veggie/vegan restaurants with him (something one of our close buds wouldn’t even contemplate) buy him vegan friendly gifts, make him vegan food and treats, and even baked him a vegan ‘cake’ for his birthday.
But then the real reason for his snippiness came out. Apparently I had offended his partner by the tone of an email I had sent to our circle of friends.
I was dismayed.
‘It was banter! Surely the exclamation marks and winky faces gave that away? Anyway Bruce hardly has a subtle sense of humour, surely he should be able to put his big boy pants on and suck it up? As for your being a vegan, I never forget that and am always willing to work around it, but I eat meat, always have and I need the money! Can’t you just be glad for me?’
Then I was hit by a barrage of venom about how insensitive I was, how eating meat was like child abuse (interesting, does that mean that beef biting Bruce is his live in nonce?), how it’s my fault if I got the tone of the communication wrong, and if it was such an effort I shouldn’t bother to try work around his eating habits.
The thing is I’ve know this individual for nearly 20 years so he should (a) be able to tell when I’m joking, (b) be able to automatically give me the benefit of the doubt if he thinks for one minute that I’m serious, and (c) talk to me like a man before jumping to conclusions.
But I’m starting to fear that coming out as EUPD and depressive has given certain people a ‘Get into Jail Free’ card when it comes to deciding who’s right and who’s wrong, because I know for a fact that when I was younger, my humour was much more caustic, unforgiving and in your face. But because in their minds I was more or less ‘normal’ then that was just down to my strong personality and everyone took it on the chin and gave back as good as they got.
But now that I’m officially a ‘Bunny Boiler’ and more emotionally vulnerable, then they can allude to me being a bit mental as a get out clause when they want to win an argument.
I also remembered that I forgot my meds that day which may have led me to being a bit more hyper than usual.
So I asked another very outspoken member of our crew if she thought my email was rude, she was emphatic that it was not, and that she read it as, not just my sense of humour, but our collective sense of humour. This was and is how we roll, both in written form and face to face.
And to be honest, would it be such a terrible thing if I actually came off my meds and then be even more myself?
Whilst this wouldn’t be the best idea right now, it is definitely a long term goal as being perpetually tamped down makes for a very boring Sista indeed. My passion is part of who I am, and in order to live my life to the fullest, I gotta be me, regardless of what anyone else thinks or how they choose to judge me.
Si’s behaviour does feel like something of a betrayal though. A less healthy Sista would have cut him to shreds, held a grudge for months, been much less flexible and not bothered to make any kind of effort with the friendship moving forward.
But I’m bigger than that nowadays.
Well I will be in a few days as I need time to simmer down as I’ve just cut my medication by half. Yay!
Look out world, the largely undiluted, allegedly annoying, takes no prisoners Sista is coming atcha so you better put meat on your argument, or prepare to be roasted in the process! 😉
Peace to all and Namaste x