‘Sister Wives’: Meri Brown Writes That She ‘Can’t Force Anyone’ to ‘Feel How They Don’t Feel’ In Cryptic Post

Meri Brown of TLC’s Sister Wives has become something of an enigma for many fans over the years. While the early seasons suggested that Meri was happy with her polygamist life and her husband, Kody Brown, there’s been trouble in paradise for quite some time now.

After Meri and Kody’s only child, Mariah Brown, moved out for college, Meri struggled with becoming an empty-nester. Not long afterward, Kody legally divorced Meri in order to marry his fourth wife, Robyn Brown, and adopt her children from a previous relationship.

While Meri was in support of the idea, she obviously struggled with it, and eventually turned to an online catfish—a woman posing as a man—seemingly in an attempt to fill the emotional void.

Recently, however, Meri has seemed to turn over a new leaf. She has become more financially independent and, despite moving to Flagstaff with the rest of the Brown family, seems to be venturing out on her own in some ways.

A recent Instagram post about taking control of her own life immediately led Sister Wives fans to wonder if she was referring to Kody or her sister wives in some parts of the caption.

Kody, Meri, Janelle, and Christine Brown
Kody, Meri, Janelle, and Christine Brown | Ida Mae Astute/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

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Meri shared an Instagram post about reaching her goals and taking control of her life

Meri has become a savvy businesswoman in recent years. In addition to opening up a successfully, highly-rated bed and breakfast (currently on hiatus during quarantine) in Parowan, Utah, called Lizzie’s Heritage Inn, Meri has found success in selling LuLaRoe clothing.

The Sister Wives star frequently shares motivational quotes and inspirational thoughts on Instagram, many related to building her self-confidence and achieving a sense of independence.

Recently, she posted a selfie with a lengthy caption about reaching her goals, both professional and personal.

“That’s me. A dreamer. Focused on my goals,” she began the post. “And I have a lot of them. Personal, business, relationships, I have them in all areas of my life. Some days I don’t hit my daily goals. Some days I’m so productive I exceed them by leaps and bounds.”

The 49-year-old emphasized that her success in life, or lack thereof, was entirely up to her. “And it’s all up to ME. I’m the one who has my dreams. I’m the one who makes my goals,” Meri wrote. “I’m the one who follows through with them. Or doesn’t. That’s all on me.”

The ‘Sister Wives’ star shared a motivational message about knowing what you can and can’t control

As she continued the post, Meri wrote about why she had to take the reins in her life—no matter what anyone else did around her. Kody’s first wife had many conflicts in the past with her sister wives, kids, and husband, so some Sister Wives fans thought she was referencing those past arguments in parts of the caption.

“And the goals that include someone else? Whether with my business associates or in my personal life, I can’t force anyone to be who they’re not, feel how they don’t feel, or meet me anywhere they’re not willing or able to meet me,” Meri wrote. “And that’s ok. I’ll be here for them when they are.”

The Sister Wives star added that she knew she had to change her behavior instead of trying to change how others felt or behaved. “I can only control me and how I respond or react to any given situation. I make my own choices and I’m responsible for them,” Meri declared.

Admitting some of her flaws, Meri added, “They say life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. My reactions aren’t always the best, and that doesn’t define me.”

She concluded the post with a self-love mantra and a commitment to keep going and growing. “But I’m still in the game. I haven’t quit,” Meri wrote meaningfully. “Living life on a daily basis, working hard, dreaming big. Because that’s what I do. That’s what I’ll always do. That’s who I am.”

Fans flooded the post with questions about Kody and encouragement for Meri

As usual, some Sister Wives fans responded to the post by encouraging Meri to move on from the rest of the Brown family. Her recent moves towards greater independence have made many viewers wonder if she is planning an exit. And as usual, many fans hoped Meri would leave Kody behind for good.

“I have a question? Are you and Kody separated?” one fan wondered.

“Her biggest goal she can accomplish is getting rid of him!” another fan quipped, referencing Meri’s descriptions of her many goals.

While some viewers argued that critics were making unfounded assumptions about Meri’s marriage to Kody, others said she was working too hard and striving too much to stay with the rest of the Brown family.

“I stand by what I say: that whole family has treated her disgracefully and she is so much better than that,” one fan exclaimed. “She’s gorgeous, smart, and entrepreneurial, and there is a wonderful world awaiting her. But the baggage has to be cut.”

One commenter responded to Meri’s cryptic post about conflicts in her life with an encouraging message. “You really do deserve everything good @therealmeribrown,” they wrote. “I know we, the public only see a small piece of what goes on in your family, but you all seem so sad…You in particular seem so singled out and just not understood. Kody does not treat you the way he should.”

The Instagram user added that Meri would have plenty of support if she decided to go her own way. “I GET going through hard times in a marriage, but he seems like he just doesn’t care about you,” the Sister Wives fan argued. “I hope you find real happiness, sweetie. I don’t think anyone, except the people that disregard your feelings, would be surprised if you went off on your own and found pure happiness. YOU are awesome! Don’t forget that!!!”

While it’s not clear what Meri’s next move will be, one thing is certainly obvious: She would have a dedicated fanbase willing to support her no matter where she went or what she took on next.