As a child, growing up, I placed rules on myself. Strict rules, intended to keep me from getting hurt. After all, isn't that why most rules are in place to begin with?
Rule #1...Don't care. Just don't give a shit. If you don't care, they can't hurt you. I later realized this rule was impossible to follow and left you feeling pretty hollow and meaningless.
Rule #2...Don't trust anyone. If you never trust them, they can never betray you. I later realized they can still betray you without your trust and that not trusting someone greatly hinders your ability to care.
As an adult, I now find myself setting rules for others instead. Strict rules, intended to keep me from getting hurt.
Rule #1...Do not EVER touch me without permission.
Rule #2...Do not lie to me. Ever.