Expressing emotions

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Alexis Griffey

Lexi Thompson ('17) hikes in the Loch Raven woods. She smiled after her most recent expedition.

Alexis Griffey, Reporter

So, maybe I am completely biased on this topic because I tend to be very open with my emotions. Well, my emotions tend to be very open, while I’m stuck with them. But either way, I do not understand why some people hold them in. Whether you are delighted, depressed, disappointed, or utterly dysfunctional: let it out!

Now, obviously, there are places more acceptable to convey these feelings, such as your home or with loved ones, who will (hopefully) not judge you for either jumping from joy or bawling your eyes out. But still, these environments are completely reasonable to express what you are feeling. There is no point in bottling up your emotions if they are going to explode like a shaken up soda can due to the most insignificant issue in a completely inappropriate time and place.

The worst is the possibility of exploding on others, especially those who do not deserve it. Do you remember that lovely woman checking out your groceries at Walmart? Do you remember yelling at her for bagging your milk in a paper bag versus the plastic bag you told her to? Even if somebody ruined your day, it is flat out selfish to go and ruin someone else’s. There is absolutely NO excuse to make someone miserable just because you cannot properly contain your distraught feelings.

Next time you or somebody you know are not communicating emotions properly, make sure the surrounding place is secure, and let the river of feelings flow. It will not only benefit your health and future, but it will help others as well, whether they know it or not.