Don’t let others judge your emotions

Morgan Malin, General Columnist

The other day on Twitter, I saw a text post that struck me.

“A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “Half empty or half full” question.

Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”

The answers called out ranged from 8 ounces to 20 ounces. She replied, ‘The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.’

‘The stress and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them for a while longer and they begin to hurt. If you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.’ Always remember to put the glass down.”

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We all have issues; some worse than others. We all have trials in life that tear us down. We all hurt. We’re all sad sometimes.

I’ve been told that I shouldn’t be sad because people all over the world have it worse than I do. I’ve been told that me being sad depresses everyone.

I’ve had people say they hate me because I’m not happy enough.

That’s completely unfair.

You can’t really help how you feel. No one can say what you’re going through.

It’s a horrible feeling to be judged on your happiness or lack of.

Being sad is a natural human emotion. It’s a part of life that we all have to deal with. Some of us are just more sad than others.

When I’m angry, I throw things, I yell and say things I don’t mean, or I don’t say anything at all. When I’m happy, I laugh, I smile from my eyes. When I’m sad, I cry.

Don’t we all do this?

Why tear someone down when we all have issues?

When I see someone who’s upset or crying, my natural instinct is to support them and be a shoulder to cry on.

Don’t be so quick to judge. You never know if someone is on their final straw.

Don’t blame yourself if people leave you. You deserve better anyway.

Surround yourself with people who motivate you to be your best self. People who don’t judge you for how you are or what you feel.

This might sound generic, but you deserve to live a life of happiness without anyone trying to tear you down.

Let things go and live on.