- Amy Tan, Saving Fish From Drowning
I admit it.
I’m an emotional human being. I’d like to think that everyone is, but I know that certain factors in society has made us reluctant to admit, or worse, feel our emotions. We don’t want to come across as immature, sensitive, or “crazy” (a word that I’ve seen used to describe women way too often).
Even though I often feel with my heart, which, I’d like to think is a good thing (there’s a trend here), I’m really rational about them. What I mean is, when I feel something, I like to analyze why I am feeling that way so I can quickly resolve the feeling. This really gets in the way of me actually, well, feeling what I feel.
I remember once in seven grade, I just started crying in class because I felt bummed about something. I wasn’t quite able to articulate why I was sad, but I just was! Damn it I cried like no other and you know what? It felt good.
I like this quote because it reminds me that being transparent about how you feel takes practice, just like how it takes practice to hide your feelings. If we hide the way that we feel often enough, like when doing certain things that make us feel terrible about ourselves, it’ll soon become the norm. One day, you might realize that you’re so numb that you don’t know what you feel anymore.
Our body is incredible. They tell us things. We just need to feel them.