“you look at me and cry
i hold you and whisper
but everything can heal”
― Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey
We are given the gift of feelings.
It is what gives us so much more out of life. When we feel sad, we cry. We cry by ourselves, and we cry with others. But when we are happy, we laugh. We laugh and the whole world, it seems, is laughing with us. Our temporary feelings come with outlets to be able to bring them out.
I would never wish not to feel, because who would I be then? My whole persona is based on my ability to constantly laugh and smile. To see the brighter side for others, even if I cannot see them for myself. The ability to see the brighter side, is based on me feeling hope.
So who would I be?
But those temporary feelings at times destroy me.
Sometimes they can take all of my energy and will and suffocate me. Until I truly feel like dying. I stop laughing. I stop hoping. It all just stops.
I can feel it creeping up now, as I try to figure out what I am going to do with the rest of my life. It is as if the world is picking on me. Like everyone else is having a good time, and I am just standing in the corner waiting to go home.
That comes with the territory.
The ability to feel so strongly is probably why I struggle with depression. Because when I am happy, I am truly happy. But when I am sad, it is like the sky has gone black. There are no stars to help guide me, but instead, the darkness is consuming me.
But what I have learned throughout the years, is that these are all temporary feelings.
[Tweet theme=”basic-white”]temporary – lasting for only a limited period of time; not permanent.[/Tweet]
They all eventually pass, as long as you let them.
When I lost a dear friend of mine, I felt a different sadness I had never felt before. I had thought I would always have this feeling when I thought of her. However, after 2 years, that isn’t the case. Instead of constant anger and sadness, I feel grateful for knowing her. Happy from the memories I will always have of her. Eager to carry on her legacy.
In an instant, the tides change.
Instead of pushing against them, I have learned to go with them. To let them take me wherever I am meant to go.
I haven’t had a suicide attempt in a very long time, although I have had times when I have thought heavily about it. It seems that now I am able to remember that these are temporary feelings, that will pass eventually.
The more that I hang on and go with the flow, the easier I am able to not let the demons in.
The most important thing you could do for yourself is to not make hasty decisions based on temporary feelings.
They will be drastic, and majority of the time, they come with consequences.
So what I tell everyone I encounter that asks for my advice is to Breathe, Relax, and Take Baby Steps.
Everything will be okay. It’s only a temporary feeling and it will pass.
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This is definitely a mindset that I try to embrace on a regular basis. It absolutely helps with stress/anxiety when you remind yourself that the feeling is only temporary and will pass.
I can relate to that. When my boy was a newborn I felt so bad, I din;t have anyone to help me so I was so fed up and I was thinking maybe I have depression or something but yes you are right it was only temporary and now we are on the good track:)
Great post! I wish someone had helped me realize the patterns of feelings when I was younger! you are so right, they come and go. Glad you are with us to write this! I hope you think of this post any time you are down and think of the people, or even one person who read this who is still here today because of you! Thank you for helping that person!
Thank you so much. I am glad too.
I learned a long time ago that making decisions based on emotions is not a good idea!
I got chills reading this post. You hit it right on the nail! The good days are good, but the bad days seem to last forever. It is necessary, however, to remember that these are temporary. Sometimes it’s hard, but that’s what gets you through the bad times. Great post…so real…so genuine!
Thank you! It’s one of the things I make sure to always tell people who are feeling at their lowest. I’m glad you like it.
This is so well written and so very true. Its all just temporary, soon the storm will pass. Thanks for sharing
“This too, shall pass.” One of the greatest disservices to yourself is to forget that.
I’ve certainly had some temporary feelings that made me feel like “ah, things can’t get worse than this” but like you said, those feelings are temporary. After a while, they definitely go away and you learn to move on.
“The most important thing you could do for yourself is to not make hasty decisions based on temporary feelings.” OMG so important! Words to live by! Great post!
So true not to make hasty decisions on temp. feelings! That’s something we all really need to remember! Don’t act out of anger (or sadness, loneliness or anything else!)
so agree with these! it’s easy to make decisions in the heat of the moment, sometimes with last consequences. I’ve learned, and am still learning, to take a breath!
Sometimes that is all you need!