My Idea of Profanity
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In my world, there are three phrases that are forbidden:
â€œYou need toâ€¦.â€
I can live the rest of my life without ever hearing this one again.Â Itâ€™s one of those phrases that seems to spew from the lips of controlling people, and I had quite enough of it when I transitioned out of a marriage and into independence.Â Everybody had a piece of advice for me, and while there are many ways to do one thing, the advice-givers always thought their way was the only way and insisted that I â€œneededâ€ to do it their way.Â I rarely hear this phrase applied to me anymore, but when I do, it rankles.Â I donâ€™t like people telling me what I need, especially people who donâ€™t really know meâ€”or do but want to change me….
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