GIRL SPEAKS: (S)ugar (H)oney (I)ce (T)ea

id like to think im self-sufficient, despite reckless shopping on stupid expensive shit while on klonopin and the occasional treat for myself (maybe more often than most). think $100 supreme t-shirts and mini mini jacquemus joke bags that cant even fit my keys.

i make enough to support myself even though my credit card bills through the roof right now, but if i just learned how to reign in the excessive shopping i think id be able to be in a “better financial place.”

maybe the shopping has truly become an addiction, just something to fill the void in my heart because my life always feels like theres a missing chunk. the idea of a package arriving and having something to look forward to, the ownership aspect of possessing pretty things to display and show off becomes your means of moving forward, deal with the pain in the ass we call life. sometimes its hard planning for a future when you dont really have a direction.

its all so superficial, but i need it (for my wellbeing). maybe in a world thats painted by material objects and possessions, im just the byproduct of a consumer-driven, hierarchy-obsessed society.

so really, who can truly blame me?

everyone is always looking for “more.” and enough never really feels like “enough.”

theres so much pride in appearance, the vanity of it all – in clothes, designer accessories; in having your eyebrows threaded, the arched shape i like maintained; in perfectly manicured nails that scream, “im fucking put together” (my version of self-care, in its purest form).

and theres pride in my career – being validated for doing a good job from my higher ups, recognition showcased with a recent raise and five additional vacation days per year after my latest performance review. being able to support myself, the freedom to afford the things i want (kind of).

at least there was pride in my career.

im not sure why everything in my life has to translate to a competition – who holds the better stories with the biggest “wow” factor, whos the skinniest or the prettiest, whos more successful with the most income, making the most of the time theyre given.

and i know im supposed to be happy for my boyfriend and his new sparkling job offer. hes been struggling for years and ive tried (from the depth of my core) to be supportive. he had clawed his way out of university, fought his way through a severely underpaid job with barely any benefits and no overtime pay. and finally, he found a job that suddenly would pay him double the amount im paid (including my raise). six-digit salary, and im completely fucking shook.

makes one feel inferior, no?

i want to be happy for him, but its so fucking difficult to be, knowing this tremendous change would make him somehow superior to me. i dont want him to think less of me and id rather be the one to leave than be the one left.

“i think were too close for comfort / so dont rock the boat, dont calm the storm.”

all i ever wanted in a relationship was to be equals. and we had that – similar in pay, similar and shared sensitivity amongst our inner circle. the shared anxiety of wanting to be better and im doubtful he can relate now since he got his fucking wish, of making six figures – that because of that, i feel less than than him, and im no longer comfortable with him.

were not equals anymore. and growing up in a world painted by competition, i cant stop comparing myself to others, not even someone whos supposed to be my “partner” or whatever.

were not equals anymore – the scale has tipped (in his favor), the balance fucked and offset, and i lose once again.

the equilibrium is off as is (even though he starts his new job in two weeks). id rather be alone than be with someone who looks down on me.

and i dont know what this holds for me, what it means for us, and where i stand in this relationship. my bets are that everything between us is doomed to fail (but maybe its my inner pessimist speaking).

so just leave a message after the tone.

GFY, fleur

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  1. this is unfortunately the dagger at the heart of our world — inequality. our systems pretend to offer empowerment, while they in fact systemically amplify the inherent inequalities of corporeal existence. you are a goddess of your domain, but at the promotion of your partner you are now dwarfed by his material significance in a world that has agreed to only care about material significance. in other words, the same mechanisms that the patriarchy used to convince you that your society was “fair enough” — corporate empowerment, outsourced (invisible) labour (servants/slaves), unlimited purchaseable validations (to replace the love that capitalism cannot buy and in fact abolishes by its very existence) — are the mechanisms then used to amplify men’s power disproportionately beyond that rigged game of brute force already dutifully provided by Nature herself. what you are feeling is absolutely real. that emotional reality (though prone to fluctuation) is actually closer to the true state of affairs than all those numbers on servers. you feel the lovelessness of a materialistic relationship/life, my friend, and you know it is wrong for you. trust you instincts to lead you out of danger and into peace.

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    1. thank you 🥺 literally its the inequality that bothers me and i might be projecting my own insecurities a bit because my industrys just not as lucrative. but money is power and ive seen aunts and family members be treated horribly by controlling partners, and seen as inferior just because they make less. i hope my boyfriend isnt the case but also i truly believe money changes people for the worse. needed to hear this so much, im learning to remove myself from some toxic situations and people so i can take care of me (and my blog bb lolol) x

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