I want you to like me because I want to like me too. If you like me, then I
can see me through your eyes. You could show me who I am. With you I’d get to
see my best bits and this void I walk around with would fill with happiness.
I want you to like me but I do wonder why I need this so much
because it wasn’t so long ago that you didn’t exist in my life. Does it matter
who you are?
I put a lot of effort into getting you to like me but if I’m honest, I’m not
sure that I like you. Of course I’m not going to tell you this although I
suspect that on some level you must know, otherwise you wouldn’t have pursued
so relentlessly until I finally began to cave.
I feel as if I ‘should’ like you though because you like and want me. I need
to ‘give back’. I feel guilty and so even though I’m not really that into you,
I’ve become afraid of acting upon it because then, you wouldn’t be around to
like me and then the hunger and ache would kick in and I’d have to find
It’s not that I don’t have friends – quite the opposite – but I need the
type of approval that I only get from someone who would truly have to love me
in order to potentially be around me all of the time. That used to be family…
it’s now people like you.
Now that you like me, I’m almost dependent on it. I like the feeling but
sort of hate it too. What do you want with me? It’s so much pressure.
It doesn’t last long but your intensity is a huge confidence boost. It feels
as if I could pretty much say anything and you’d think I was the bees knees. I
end up convincing myself that I fancy you because you fancy me, so for a while,
I fancy myself.
I take how you seem to feel about me and feed it to my starving self.
I just want to be liked. No I don’t; I want to be loved. I need
to be loved. Is that going to be you? Is it? I really want it to be because
then I could stop feeling this way – unlovable.
I know how this story ends though. I want you to like me because I want to
like me too but in the end, neither of us will like me. It might be because you
get tired of reassuring someone who seemed so self-assured at the outset, or it
might just be because the novelty has worn off and my secret, the ‘real me’ has
How wonderful it would be if things were different, but they won’t be so I
do this dance because for a little while I enjoy the fantasy until the anxiety
about you suddenly seeing who I am begins to creep in over the music and gets
I know that I can ‘pull’… I just have a poor retention rate. I’ve spent a
lot of time wondering, What’s wrong with me?
Now that I feel like this, I really do fancy you. I think I love you or at
least it feels like this now that everything is so uncertain and I suspect or
even know that you don’t really want me anymore. I felt the change. You’re not
so enamored anymore. Now I want you. Now you’re inflated into The Best Person
On Earth TM and my happiness supply. I convince myself that I can only be happy
with you. I want it to be just like beginning.
I’ll be found out. I never really allow myself to relax or for anyone to get
too close to me because like everyone, you’ll either leave or find something
wrong with me and then treat me differently. I’ll be tarnished by the misstep
of being me. I know this story; it’s been my life.
The secret will be out. To be fair, as the sands of time start trickling
down, I become increasingly erratic anyway, and I go from being confident and
optimistic (read: fantasising), to insecure with notes of desperation. When
it’s all over, I cringe at how un-me I was and this behaviour, which is ironic
because, well, I don’t like me anyway.
But I’m not sure that’s true. I don’t dislike me – I just hate the thoughts
in my head.
The worst part is that I wanted you to like me but as usual, I didn’t really
like you, yet I’m devastated that it’s over and that I failed again. What have
I failed at though? Not getting the fake me liked because let’s be real, I
spend so much time people pleasing that much as I may feel slighted by it not
working out, they never got to know me anyway.
As the dust settles and if I’m truthful, a temporary calm kicks in from not
having to perform or deal with the anxiety of being ‘found out’. I know that I
did want you to like me but that whatever I ended up liking about you was
really about my own potential. It was about how I saw myself with you… even if
I was tempted to take a Sharpie to you… Really, this is about my own ego and it
feels like a loss because the ‘better me’, the fantasy, is gone. I miss you
because I miss who I hoped that I’d be.
Sometimes instead of being swept up by somebody that I don’t like, I admire
somebody who gives me butterflies and activates this deep need for their love
and approval. It has the familiarity of home, like little me wanting my father.
I do this dance many times.
The harder I try to be liked is the more that I hate me and I hit the bottom
of bottom. I can’t do this anymore. I wonder, Am I really that bad?
What if I’m not who I think I am?
What if I’m different from my thoughts?
What if my interpretation is wrong? Oh how much time I will have
wasted if I’ve judged me wrongly. I’d almost rather be right.
A lot of how I feel about me is my judgment or my interpretation of the
judgments that I think others are making about me.
The thing is, whether people like me or love me, dislike me or hate me,
whether I’m around family, friends, or lovers, the one thing that never changes
is how I feel about me. I don’t like me anyway. That’s a problem and as I look
back at my experiences, I realise that I’m the solution to my own problematic
thoughts and attitude, and that’s actually a relief.
As long as I didn’t like me, any ‘ole person could come along and give me
attention and it would look like a loaf because it was still appeared to be
more than what I was giving me. When I started to feed me, crumbs looked like
I want you to like me but I don’t need you to like me – I will
survive and thrive anyway. Everything I ever wanted other people to be and do
for me, I’m doing for me now because I realise that it’s this or be