Thought V.S. Emotions
By Kasey Pipitt
Life is made up of a series of events. Moments that we can either choose to help mold us into something stronger or let them break us. But, that all depends on how we choose to think about a situation. At the same time, how we feel about anything is based off how we choose to think about it. We have a choice to be mad, sad, happy, or content about a situation. I know you’re sitting there thinking, “easier said than done, fucker.” Yes, it is a hell of a lot easier said than done. It takes lots of time to undo the bad habits and social conditioning we received in our youth. Our perceptions of how to handle certain situations based off how we witnessed others handle them growing up. Or lack thereof. Being the advanced species that we are with these too senses of thought and emotion and our ability to rationalize them gives us the opportunity to balance the two. When we feel anger or sadness, should we ignore it and close ourselves off to feeling as a whole? No. We should feel everything as it comes. However, we should hold ourselves accountable to not react to those emotions. Rather, we should analyze ourselves and figure why we are feeling what we’re feeling and try to find the thought that triggered it. Suppressing our emotions only causes more damage in the long run. If we never find resolve, we never grow.
The correlation, I think, of thought to emotion is what screws us the most. Anxiety, doubt, and worry all stem from fear. Something I learned a while ago was to only think about what you can control and not to worry about what you can’t. As difficult as it is to implement this into our routine, it’s probably one of the most beneficial things we can do for our sanity. We owe it ourselves to loosen the reins on life and simply just live. Handle challenges calmly and collectively and discard what we have no control of. We have let social conditioning from the family level all the way to the societal level strip us of our individual power in the sense that a lot more worries us than there should be because someone told us we should worry about these things. A lot of the things we choose to care about, at the end of the day, don’t really matter to us as individuals. Whatever life path you’re on, when you catch yourself getting worked up about anything, take a step back and ask yourself, do I really, truly give a fuck about this? That is all.