Not that you need my permission.
But I’m offering it. It seems to help. When we have someone say, “Hey you, it’s okay to do that.”
That’s why we share the memes, and the inspirational quotes, and the funny videos. We want to see someone else feeling the way we do, living the way we do, rejoicing the way we do, and struggling the way we do. We want to know that it’s okay to do that.
So today, I’m giving you permission.
Permission to feel. Any thing. ALL the things. ALL THE FEELS.
The good ones and the bad ones. Especially the bad ones y’all.
It seems we don’t want anyone to compare their blessings to another’s blessings. Find joy in your own circumstances. Find the silver lining. Count just one thing that’s good. Look for the light. Sing a song. Dance. Go for a walk. Get the good juices flowing.
YES! All that…. all that is great and wonderful and very helpful.
After you have allowed yourself, given yourself permission to feel the bad first. And don’t, I repeat, DO NOT COMPARE YOUR PAIN TO ANOTHER IN AN ATTEMPT TO TALK YOURSELF OUT OF HURTING. Knock it off. Yes, other’s MAY have it worse. Yes, there are homeless and addicted and abducted and dying and starving and sick and lonely and all of it is very very very bad. I am NOT negating any of their pain or their hurt or their difficulties.
I am simply saying, in all caps, IT IS OKAY TO FEEL THAT YOUR SITUATION SUCKS TOO.
Whatever it is, my friend, it is OKAY to own it, feel it, and say it out loud.
The part that isn’t okay, is if you stay in that feeling for too long.
The negative is what makes the positive so…well, positive!
The light is only bright because we have come out of the darkness.
And if you can’t find anyone safe to talk to, I’m here. Talk to me.
I don’t have answers, but I have ears. Sometimes, we just need someone to listen, and to let us feel, and pray with us or for us while we wait for the morning light.
And the next time someone tells you to “Just cheer up”, “count your blessings”, or tries to remind you that “someone else has it way worse than you”, politely (or not) remind them that you can be blessed and stressed at the same time….I can feel all the feels.