Get Out Of My Way.

Get out of my way.

I’ve been compared to a bull in a china shop, more than once. This is not something I say with pride. It’s something I say realizing that some how some way, I need to tame that bull. I’ve also been told on occasion that I get in my own way, and block my own happiness. These are not fun things to hear about yourself, especially when you’re working diligently to daily become a better person and curb the parts of yourself that you don’t really like.

bull in a china shop
Yeah… I’m the Bull in a china shop.

I’m a tough bitch. In a way I think I’ve had to be that to survive all I’ve been through in my 38 years on this planet. When the going gets tough the tough get going, right? So I’ve plowed through tough situation after tough situation and each time I add a layer of raw hide to my skin.  Until it’s thick enough to repel even the ones I want to attract. It’s not intentional. It’s the opposite of that in fact. I try to stay open and unguarded but the truth is that when I feel threatened or like someone is about to hurt me, I jump from the building before they have the chance to push me.  And what I’m learning is that not everyone was trying to push me off the building. Maybe they were just trying to get close to me. It’s hard to tell the difference when you’re so used to protecting yourself.  So used to not needing anyone.

The truth is I, like everyone else on the planet do need the people in my life who are there to get close to me. And I need to get better at learning to tell the difference between the pushers and the supporters. It’s a hard line for me to walk. Because, especially with men, I feel like if I let them support me in any way, that makes me weak.  I can kinda see how that’s a messed up philosophy. I don’t want to lean on a man emotionally because I don’t want to miss him when he’s gone.  And someplace deep inside me says he will eventually leave, and so I push him until he does. I’d never even consider leaning on a man to support me financially, to me that would be the ultimate disgrace. And sure I can see that has some fucked up logic as well.

My old boss once told me “Sarah just because you believe in something, and are passionate about it, doesn’t mean you have to be a bull in a china shop and mow everyone else down”.  I was of course offended at first, but a week later I put up a picture of a bull destroying a china shop on my office wall to remind me to be diplomatic and not an asshole.

I can still be an asshole. I can still say, like I did to a man I care deeply for… peace out, for no apparent reason. I still have the flight instinct stronger than the one that should stay and fight for what I want. But at least now I can see it.  At least now I am open to try to fix it. I may never get this whole thing down right. I may be destined to be alone, but I’m gonna always try to listen to those around me who can call me on my shit, and help correct me when I’ve let my thick hide take over and block my happiness.

Sarah… get out of my way. 

bull in a china shop HBR
So gonna get to this place one day…


Sarah Centrella is the author of the book Hustle Believe Receive which teaches you how to apply the #HBRMethod to change your life and live your dream.


  • Anonymous
    July 24, 2013 - 11:18 am | Permalink

    Wow, that’s raw Sarah. I remember being that person. I’ve been with my husband for 10 years now. I fought myself/him initially because I felt the same regarding my independence. I felt like I’d be giving a piece of who I am away. Having been a single mother of two boys, I was inclined to protect three hearts. It’s ok to be guarded and anyone who deserves you will recognize that you don’t “need” but want him and will be patient with you. I decided one day the fight wasn’t worth it, that I’d have to let go of my doubts if I was ever going to connect with anyone, that I had to trust at some point, but mostly trust myself that I’m smart enough to know if it was right, and not feel bad if it wasn’t. Same applied to all my friendships. I’m glad I chose to allow my husband in my life. It’s always possible that we won’t make it, although we’re happy. But I don’t care, because I’ve learned a lot about myself and my love has been reciprocated. I’m still the same independent woman I’ve always been, just less stressed with someone to contribute in every way. It changed the dynamics of my established home life in a positive way.

    You’ll always be strong and beautiful. You recognizing your flaws are even more admirable. The right guy will see all that and know how to handle you. Your friends will appreciate your honesty. Enjoy your life while you’re still young and vibrant. Best wishes for you!

    Sarah Lambert

    • July 24, 2013 - 4:38 pm | Permalink

      Thank you so much Sarah, and you are very right. There has to be a balance if I want to allow someone back in my life. Working on that daily! 🙂 Thank you for your encouraging words 🙂

  • Anonymous
    August 12, 2013 - 6:51 pm | Permalink

    You are inspirational 🙂

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