𝗠𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻 𝗟𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗣𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗩𝗼𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗖𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗧𝗼 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗨𝗽 𝗜𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽𝘀, 𝗥𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗢𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘄𝗶𝘀𝗲, 𝗔𝘀 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗥𝗲𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗡𝗼𝘁 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗚𝗲𝗻𝘂𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗦𝗲𝗹𝘃𝗲𝘀.
Chris Rock has a stand-up routine where he says that when you meet someone for the first time, you’re not meeting that person — you’re meeting his or her representative.
And therein lies a big problem. Whatever expectations you establish upfront have now laid the foundation for what will be expected going forward.
When you’re dating a potential spouse, and you’re cooking and cleaning as if you love it, guess what he’s going to expect when you’re married?
Tell a potential employer how you are relentless when it comes to XYZ and how you love a good challenge, no matter how many hours you have to put it in. Guess what they will expect when you’re hired.
One of the critical areas of any relationship that is essential to its success, to ensure that each individual’s needs are met, is honest conversation – from the start.
Far too often, thirst for something or someone supersedes truth, and there goes the risk of losing your voice and your power. Negotiations become difficult when you have boldly said what you said, and did what you did. But now you want to ask for a do-over when the weight of your decision becomes too much.
To be fully empowered, confidence and self-esteem must not be compromised. In other words, “You can’t be hesitant about who you are.” —Viola Davis.
During our dating stage, I was clear with my husband-to-be about the concept of “roles” should we get married. While I love to cook, I wouldn’t be doing it every night, in fact, seldom during the workweek. We both had demanding careers and traveled extensively. Housecleaning wasn’t a woman’s job, in my opinion – it’s the occupants of the home’s responsibility. I may be pregnant, but WE are raising the children. The word “obey” was not in my wedding vows.
I knew what I wanted in a relationship and was honest upfront. No representative. My husband knew what he was getting from the start from this sassy Leo woman, and he apparently liked the whole package. As the phrase goes – “Find the lid to your pot!”
Of course, we had our moments when one of us attempted to cross boundaries, feign amnesia when it came to certain established expectations, or we simply needed to agree to compromise. Hell, life happens, and relationships consist of giving and taking – within reason.
However, because I presented my genuine self from the start (and so did he), my voice nor my power were in jeopardy of being silenced during the relationship. Unless of course, I chose for them to be, and that in itself is power.