I Learnt To Say ‘No’

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There were times, when I wanted to say ‘No’, instead I said ‘Yes’. I didn’t really want to go for those movies, those functions and for those outings, but I went there anyway. Because no matter how much I wanted, I just couldn’t say ‘No’. And now I wonder why was that? Was that because of the pressure to fit in, fear of being left out, desire to make friends, or because of the craving for being a part of the group photographs? Or maybe because I didn’t want people to think that I’m boring or rude. I used to feel the pressure to agree with other people, because if I didn’t, I thought I might break their heart. I was really afraid that my ‘No’ or my disagreement will make them feel bad. So I said ‘Yes’ to things and ended up regretting.

But now, after a lot of trying, I have learnt to say ‘No’ whenever I feel like. And that makes me feel so free as if I’m the only one who has control over my life. Answering to these below questions was so tough for me earlier, but now I know how to reply.

It’s my birthday, have a piece of cake.
No.

We’re going for a movie. Join us.
No.

I tried this recipe at home. Taste it.
No.

Let’s go out for dinner.
No.

Can I borrow your book?
No.

Can I use your phone for a minute?
No.

I want to go for shopping? Can you please come with me?
No.

Can we watch something else on TV?
No.

Can I borrow your shoes?
No.

Can you turn down the volume of music?
No.

I wanted to talk to you. Can I call you now?
No.

It’s going to be fun. Come to this party.
No.

Well, I think, if you can say ‘No’ with your full heart, then only you can say ‘Yes’ to things you really want.

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