I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the nature of my relationships.
It seems there’s often an implicit code that dictates a friendship should be transactional. I do something for you and you do something for me. It’s very apparent this is capitalism bleeding into intangibles that should transcend commodification.
Ultimately, when you give someone a gift or do something for someone, it should always come from a place of generosity. You give the gift or perform the deed without the expectation of reciprocation. Nothing about giving to those we love should be considered a transaction.
This childhood classic isn’t the story of a tree who gives selflessly, but the story of a tree who doesn’t know how to say “no,” who doesn’t set boundaries, and eventually gives everything she has to a boy who remains incapable of offering even the simplest, “Thank you.”