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“Don’t Be Someone’s Muscle”
Remember those mean girl movies like Jawbreaker and Heathers? Or pretty much any movie where there was a mean girl and her two (usually ethnic looking) sidekicks? I would watch those movies as a kid and think that if those sidekicks weren’t standing right there this little mean girl wouldn’t have so much mouth. She wouldn’t act all tough and think she could get away with doing terrible things.
The truth is this mean girl secretly needed to be flanked by her sidekicks to feel tough. She needed to send her cronies or sidekicks or “muscle” out to do her dirty work. She didn’t want to get her hands dirty or face the consequences of her actions so she encouraged her friends to rally in her defense.
But here’s the thing- why would you take on someone else’s battle? Why would you decide to take on someone else’s adversary? Don’t you have your own battles and adversaries to overcome?
Another important question that comes to mind is…. Why doesn’t this person deal with her own problems herself? Why did she choose you to deal with them? What kind of friend puts their issues into someone else’s hands?
And so that we don’t play the blame game let me also ask why would you oblige this friend? Why would you do this person’s bidding? Do you want to be her sidekick? Do you really want to put yourself in that category? Do you really want her to think of you as the person she could turn to to handle her drama?
No. You don’t. You’re no one’s backup or sidekick or muscle. You’re better than that.
Sure you want to be a good friend and show support to your friend. But show your support by encouraging her to handle her drama like a mature adult not by sending you out to try to intimidate someone on social media. That’s the kind of cyber bullying we are cracking down on. (And if you think I’m going to stand for it for even a second you’ve got the wrong one.)
I used to be that girl. I’d jump into my friends’ battles and run off at the mouth like nobody’s business. I was that loud, obnoxious, stereotypical “black best friend.” Even though I made unnecessary enemies I thought it was worth it because I foolishly believed that when something happened to me my friends would stand up for me. They’d support me.
They never did. Not once. On more than one occasion I found myself in trouble and in need of support and those friends were nowhere to be found. That’s when I realized there was something very wrong with those relationships.
The friends I have now don’t step in and fight my battles for me. In the past I’d wish they would. Then I’d feel supported or protected. Maybe then people wouldn’t think they could mess with me if they knew I had backup who would retaliate. But one thing I noticed about my friends now is they aren’t about that life. When something bad happens to me they uplift me, encourage me, comfort me. They remind me to focus on the bigger picture and help me not to let my emotions get out of control.
Now I realize these are my true friends. They really care about my well-being. Because when you think about it…once the emotions get out of the way the drama no longer has any power.
When I was running around with the wrong friends they wanted to see that drama. They wanted to be entertained.
But I’m nobody’s court jester. And I deserve to be taken seriously. Like a person. Not like this person you can send into the fray when you’ve got drama.
Take a close look at your friends. Take notice of what they ask of you and what they use you for. If you find you’re being used to fight someone’s battles (either verbally or physically or through social media) put a stop to it. Think for yourself. Don’t be anybody’s TOOL.
Go Be Happy. Now.
That Former Sidekick Girl