Ah, those wonderful – and cursed – emotions, earning the right to compete with the most thrilling and frightening of roller-coasters. I’m not talking about the extremes that would land you a bi-polar diagnosis, no, just the ordinary ones that take you from one day to the next; the ones that may, on occasion, make you question your sanity but are benign…for the most part.
“Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see Life with a clearer view again.” ˜Alex Tan
OK, so I’m really not an advocate for negative emotions, but I do see that Alex Tan has a point with the above quote. Think about how boring and flat-lined life would be if we never felt anything but one constant emotion…like a really bad amusement park ride. When we cry, hurt, feel fear, disgust, anger, we are experiencing life, ours. We must own it. Feeling pain of any sort is not a curse but a gift to let us know that something isn’t right.
There is a condition called CIPA or congenital analgia that renders its victims unable to feel any pain. Sound divine? Think again. Though extremely rare, those affected usually end up dying before the age of 25. It is dangerous, especially for children, to not feel pain as it is the primary way we sense threats. I want you to consider this when thinking about “why” you might feel emotional pain one day and joy the next. We need that type of stimulation to understand what is good for us and what is not. Additionally, the obvious emotional “swing” is also a survival mechanism for our bodies. If our mood never changed, we would eventually enter into a life-threatening place of either severe depression, anxiety, anger, or even elation. Balance is the key.
I get emotional about things that I can’t change in my time (one of my weaknesses). However, I’m learning how to evaluate through feeling into the emotional feedback my soul is dishing out for any given day. It works to alleviate most of the despair and puts me on a higher level of understanding of myself and my place in the world. It beats feeling frustrated all the time.
Those “ups and downs” are not really bad for you, well, unless you keep repeating the same scenario a million times. Try using emotions as a springboard to life-lessons, remembering the worst thing is to not acknowledge them as vitally important or as warnings. Consider also that any constant emotional changes could be linked to hormones and brain chemicals as well; either case, they are red flags meant to grab your undivided attention. Seek medical/psychological help if you need it, by all means. Otherwise, go with the feelings, without being hard on yourself. Emotional balance takes time and practice.
Be Beautiful-Be Creative-Be Happy!
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