The Validity of All Emotions

I’m back!

It’s good to be back here on the blog, and I want to start by acknowledging that I haven’t been as consistent with my posts as I had initially aimed for. Life has a way of throwing curveballs at us, and sometimes, those curveballs can knock the wind out of our sails, even when we’re doing something we love.

You see, my goal was to publish a new blog post every week, and it’s pretty apparent that I haven’t been able to meet that goal recently. The truth is, I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired over the past few weeks. I’ve had some ideas, but I couldn’t muster the motivation to sit down and write. It’s strange because I genuinely enjoy it. But with everything happening lately, I decided not to force myself.

So, as I thought about returning to the blog, one idea kept coming back to me: the notion that “everyone’s feelings are valid.” I’m sure most of us have had that internal conflict where we think, “I shouldn’t feel down because all things considered, I’m better off than many others, and there are people out there facing much tougher situations.” It’s a natural inclination to assess our circumstances and put them into perspective, and that’s a great thing—it’s a form of gratitude.

But there’s an important nuance here that often goes unnoticed. Just because you have a roof over your head, food on your table or your basic needs met doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to feel sadness, frustration, or fear. Your feelings are your own and are entirely valid, regardless of your circumstances.

Feelings are valid because they are what you are experiencing—no one has the right to dictate what your emotional experience should be. That being said, feelings aren’t facts. They’re changeable, inconsistent, and often contradictory. Feelings don’t necessarily equate to being right, and they don’t justify actions that intentionally harm others. But it is still okay to feel that way now, and someone doesn’t belive your feelings are wrong. Because you are the only one who is feeling your emotions…

What advice would you give to your friend?

Your emotions are always valid, and they are as unique as your fingerprint. There’s no right or wrong way to feel, and there’s no need to compare your emotional responses to those of others. Remember that your emotions are your compass, guiding you through life’s journey. They tell a story, your story, and they hold valuable insights into your needs, desires, and the meaning you find in your experiences.

Think about it this way: What advice would you give your friends if they were in your shoes? We tend to be much kinder to our friends than to ourselves. Remember, it’s not just other people’s emotions that are valid; yours are valid, too. It’s crucial to feel all emotions and not shut them down because when you suppress negative emotions, you’ll inadvertently numb the positive ones.

So, whether you’re experiencing joy, sadness, anger, or any other emotion, embrace that your feelings are always valid, unique, and integral to your journey. As you encounter others on their paths, respect and appreciate the distinct emotions that make each person uniquely unique.

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