I have struggled dealing with my emotions all my life, specifically, those of sadness and melancholy. I could never find a way to express them in a way that allowed me to feel alleviated and liberated. It resulted in me building up these emotions and having what I would call “explosions” once in a while. This is not healthy, and nor was it fair on those around me who had to witness it.
I think one of the main reasons why I failed at expressing these emotions successfully, is due to the negative stigma surrounded by the idea of emotions.
Not a Weakness
Many people in society believe that expressing one’s emotions as a sign of weakness. This is something we must fight against. If we are unable to exercise the way we feel, then it will produce unwanted behaviours.
Why is the world sugar-coating our emotions? In an ideal world, everyone would be happy 24/7. But that is not reality. Acknowledging that we feel down sometimes should not be deemed as a weakness. It is truth. It is strength when we can be genuine about our feelings.
Society is made up of people who are unable to express their emotions, because of the way they are conditioned to believe that emotions are not a good thing. As a result, we have many cynical individuals, and those who lack empathy to other people’s situation. If the members of society are taught that their emotions are invalid, then of course, society will create people who fail at expressing their struggles and are unable to relate to others. Initially, we are taught to look down upon people who show more than one type of emotion.
How did we get to this?!
We need to teach one another that expressing one’s emotion is OKAY! It teaches us about empathy, love, and truth.
Unfortunately, the consequences of teaching people that they should not express their emotions, results in emotional instability, and in extreme cases, mental illnesses. We need to take our emotions seriously.
Strength and Courage
It takes a lot of strength and courage to show one’s emotion to others. It shows a lot of love when we can help those seeking a way to exercise their feelings in an effective way. Support and understanding is the first step in the right direction for us to help one another.
There is nothing wrong with expressing your emotions. Not at all. Allow it to give you the time to feel those feelings, and then move on. Emotions must not be rushed, they must be felt, acknowledged and then released.
We must learn to feel our emotions without letting it consume us.
Feel your emotions.