Saturday, December 31, 2011

An honest confession of life

I wasn't exactly a "happy" child. If you were to ask anybody in my family, they'd tell you I'm never happy. And if you were to tell them that I'm always happy, they'd never believe you. I grew up thinking that it wasn't okay to feel anything but happiness. That life was supposed to be a sugar coated land of laughter, and smiling. Where problems don't exist.

My whole life, I've been told it's not okay to get upset. That it's the devil getting inside, and controlling me. That it's not okay to hurt, because it'll lead to depression. I've been told that it's not okay to cry, because it shows people that you're weak.

And to be honest, I've never understood this. I figured, if there is opposition in all things, then shouldn't there be opposition in happiness? I mean, how does one fully enjoy being happy if they're never sad? How can I experience a peaceful calm in life if I'm never angry, or upset? Why should I relish in the serenity of relief if I'm never allowed to experience the storm?

I have come to the conclusion that it's okay to hurt. It's okay to be angry sometimes. Granted being angry all the time is not ideal, but sometimes it's okay. I find comfort in the quiet hours of the morning on nights when I can't sleep. I enjoy going outside when everybody else is asleep, and looking up at the stars, thinking of what I've felt during the day. I remember the moments when I got upset, and laugh at the times when I was happy. I smile at the stupid mistakes I made. And sometimes, when I find it appropriate, I even allow myself to cry. I can't begin to describe just how good it feels to be able to cry, a good gut wrenching sobbing, tear my throat out from screaming, type of cry. I'm twenty five years old, and I am openly admitting that sometimes I have to cry. Recently it's more of a curl myself into a ball, and duck my head to my chest type of cry. But it feels good to be able to get it out. It's like vomiting when you're sick. You have to get it out of your system.

In my opinion, simply from one human to another, I am telling you this, we are meant to feel the way we feel. We have been designed to feel pain, anger, scared, depression, apathy, mute, calm, silence, joy, laughter, happiness, loved, confused, blessed, humility, shame, content. It is not a coincidence to feel the way we feel. Sometimes we have to hurt, before we get better. Sometimes we have to feel love before we are broken. Sometimes, we have to allow ourselves to sink, so we can learn to climb back up.

I'm so grateful to feel. I know Dr's say there are only five senses; sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. But I truly believe there are six. Being able to feel is a sense. However, allowing yourself to know what you're feeling...that is a talent. Allowing yourself to feel, is an open honesty.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Dear Megan,

I miss you.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Love Love Love

I'd like to say Happy Valentine's Day to everybody! If you're married, if you're single, if you're still in school and you get a cute little valentine from your entire class, if you're in high school and crushing on a classmate...HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! Because Valentine's day is for everybody, because we all love with all of our hearts during one point or another. Because we'll someday know what it's like to lose a love, and to have our hearts repaired. Because one day...somebody special will walk into our lives & into our hearts, and they'll stay there forever.
May we never turn bitter for allowing ourselves to love. May we never forget how it feels to love & to be loved in return. May we always remember that no matter what happens in our lives, good or bad, that we have a Heavenly Father that loves us unconditionally (that means, No Matter What!). May we remember the ultimate price that was paid for us. So that we could live, and love, and hurt, and heal, and laugh, and cry, and sing, and dance. May we all love, and easily forgive others, including ourselves.

I love you all!