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Pain demands to be felt*

It’s hard to feel connected to moments that are not a part of your own life. It’s also hard to pretend that you don’t care at all. If you describe yourself with any of the following adjectives then you have it in your heart to feel, it doesn’t matter what you just have the need to feel.*

Kind

Optimistic

Loyal

Patient

Reasonable

Cynical

Thoughtful

Earnest

Eager

Calm

Conflicted

Afraid

And so many others, that might not even describe personality but actually temperament. It doesn’t actually matter, take a step back and close your eyes. Really, close your eyes and count to ten, maybe twenty.

I hope you actually did that, but for those reading on a mobile device or simply scrolling through a random blog post remember that you can feel. That your experiences and memories are valid and what you feel matters.

I’m not going to be the one to lie and say it will all get better with time because it won’t. It will get worse before it gets better. You wonder what that means and then someone reminds you of it with a terror attack somewhere or a shooting somewhere else and racial disparity in other places. Then, you start to think about things in context because we’re all from different places and every place has its own rituals, its own customs, its own people, and its own busy-ness. But, no. Everyone is the same in their suffering.

If you want to help ease all the suffering in the world, all the heartache then the best thing is to give money to a charitable cause if you are able to. If not, then continue to spread hope online. It’s all you can do in a non-violent way, while also encouraging peace and realization that emotions are felt by all.

I have an idea for an interesting new blog devoted to writing about social issues. If you have unique ideas for what I should write about there comment down below.

*From The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Full quote: “That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.”
*Have the need to feel strongly about terrible, terrible events because (and I’m assuming here) you are person with real and honest feelings.

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