Unfortunately, it is true.
It happened to me in the past time after time.
From family members to hotel crew to random people to men that translate friendliness into something else.
My fault of course.
My father said must I greet strangers as if they are my long lost friends?
Some people read down to earth as an invitation to overstep boundaries.
I learned it the hard way.
I didn’t believe in the status and social classes.
For me, everyone is created equal.
Unfortunately, for most, social distancing is truly necessary to avoid being used and abused.
What a pity.
2 thoughts on “A lack of boundaries invites a lack of respect.”
It is a pity but you’re right and it’s true. I want to be friendly, because it’s positive and frankly easier. But it seems I’m constantly pulling in the reins, realizing I should have always lived this way. Friendliness perceived is then perceived as expectation. But good, personal fences make good neighbors.
You’re right there. Expectations are pitfalls of most relationships weather romantic or not. People always expect something more than you can or willing to give and tolerate.