I take pride in being the happy and always optimistic one in the bunch. So much pride that I find myself not allowing myself to feel hurt, feel sad, or to feel angry. But being optimistic doesn’t mean we shouldn’t feel other emotions. Being optimistic means seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, it means knowing fully in your heart that it will be okay, no matter what you’re facing. We need to feel all of our emotions. We need to allow them to process, to run their course, and to pass through us. Each emotion has its purpose. Each part of our mind’s, our heart’s, our soul’s healing. If we skip moving through them the process cannot ever fully complete. Being sad or being angry doesn’t mean I am a downer, it doesn’t mean I’ve lost hope, it’s just what I’m feeling. Relish each emotion in its moment, feel it deeply in your soul, and then let it go. Let it drift off. And as you travel through each emotion, remind yourself, “Everything is temporary. This shall too pass”, and then everything will be okay.
Sit in your room and scream, let the tears roll down your face, laugh so hard your stomach hurts, whatever it is, just let it out. And then breathe and be free.