“Laugh and the world laughs with you

Cry and you cry alone

Joy is meant to be shared with all

Tears are for you alone”

This was something I’d scribbled in the side of some book years ago, and it still holds true.

I like how we talk more openly about emotions nowadays, but the crazy emphasis on being positive with sunshine spouting from your ears is a bit overwhelming to say the least. 

Why do people get so uncomfortable around other’s pain? Doesn’t it make them more real? Aren’t most people part happy-part sad on any given day? When we shut out other’s sadness don’t we shut out the possibility of sharing our own? 

We share personal happiness, but never personal sadness on social media or even our Watsapp groups. We can be sad about public events, but never say, this happened to me today and it sucks. And imagine that someone did, the response would be either silence or a minimisation of the person’s feelings. 

I am definitely a part of the group when it comes to this, but even I can’t explain why. 

Food for thought, isn’t it?


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