In a recent Reddit post, a user found herself in a problematic position involving religious beliefs and her own sensory restrictions. But is she really in any position to be making demands?
She Cannot Afford an Apartment on Her Own
Emma, a 26-year-old between jobs, found herself in a challenging situation. After leaving a stressful job that took a toll on her mental health, she could no longer afford to live in her own apartment.
A New Roommate
As a result, she moved in with her friend Sahana, a 25-year-old Indian woman.
However, their living arrangement took an unexpected turn when their differences in dietary preferences clashed.
Her Friend Was a Vegetarian
Emma had always understood Sahana’s vegetarian lifestyle, knowing that it was influenced by her religious beliefs.
Living With Restrictions
Prior to moving in, Emma was aware that Sahana didn’t consume any meat, including beef. However, she didn’t fully grasp the extent of the restrictions until they started living together.
She Could Have Meat Except for Beef
Sahana explained that she couldn’t have beef in the house, but poultry and fish were acceptable.
Beef Was Her “Safe Food”
Emma, who had sensory issues and relied on a limited selection of “safe foods” to maintain her health, faced a conundrum.
One of the foods Emma felt comfortable with was beef tacos, and she approached Sahana with a request to make an exception.
She Thought Her Friend Would Compromise
Given that Emma didn’t adhere to Sahana’s religious beliefs, she believed it was reasonable to ask for beef tacos to be allowed in the house.
Her Friend Disagreed
However, Sahana expressed discomfort with the idea and suggested alternative ways for Emma to enjoy her preferred food without bringing it into the shared living space.
Initially, Emma accepted Sahana’s response, understanding the need for compromise.
She Thought Both Parties Should Make Adjustments
However, Emma thought that a fair compromise should involve both parties making concessions.
She Asked Her Not to Have Her Spices
Emma proposed that if Sahana expected her to forgo beef in the house, she should also give up her Indian spices. Emma reasoned that the strong aroma of these spices during cooking could trigger her sensory issues, causing discomfort.
She Thoughts This Was Reasonable
From Emma’s perspective, this exchange would demonstrate mutual understanding and a shared effort to accommodate each other’s needs.
Her Friend Reminded Her She Is Living There Rent-Free
Unfortunately, Sahana did not view Emma’s proposition as a fair compromise. Sahana reminded Emma that she graciously allowing her to stay in the apartment rent-free and believed this gave her the authority to set the rules.
She Dismissed All of Her Concerns
Sahana dismissed Emma’s concerns, implying that she was making excessive demands.
She Thinks Her Friend Is Restrictive
Emma thinks Sahana is being very restrictive and insensitive. But Emma can’t move out as she can’t find anyone else who will let her stay for free.
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