I am not exactly sure at which point in my life I have lost touch with my family. It’s not that I stopped talking to them, it’s just that I stopped communicating to them about my needs. The most complicated relationship however is with Susan. We never speak at all not unless she needs something and even then it’s rare for her to tell me what she wants to my face she will do it through our mother. She only asks me for favors when she know that mother will not approve. She knows I will not say “no” to her and she uses it. Her request are always about money. She always barrows, but never gives anything back. To make our relationship even worse she criticizes everything from the programs I watch on TV to my sense of humor. This abuse has been going on for far to long. It’s time that I assert my needs, learn to say “No”, and to stand up for myself. I don’t know if it’s going to improve the relationship between me and Susan, but I do know that it will improve the way I relate to self.