True Emotional Strength

“Never apologize for being sensitive or emotional. Let this be a sign that you’ve got a big heart and aren’t afraid to let others see it. Showing your emotions is a sign of strength.” – Brigitte Nicole

Unfortunately, we live in a hyper-masculine society that often implies showing emotions is somehow a sign of weakness. Personally, I think that is a complete load of crap. There is no one stronger than a person who is  comfortable enough with his or herself to show others when they are moved, touched, inspired, and even hurt. It takes strength to so freely demonstrate your vulnerability. It takes strength to share what you are feeling without knowing how the people around you may respond.

When I see someone crying in response to a touching or moving experience or story, I see true humanity. I see a person who is not so jaded by an incredibly confusing and complicated world that their heart is still open and loving. I see a person who does not have so much vain pride that they are unable to let the world see them exposed. People who are constantly sharing their emotions and love with the world are an incredible source of inspiration to me.

We are at a very difficult time in our history right now. We are constantly reminded of the fragility of life and that evil does exist. Violence has become so frequent that it is almost commonplace. But we must not get desensitized to the heartbreaking, unjust, cruel nature of these events, because in that moment we lose some of our humanity. We must not let the world that we live in make us hard and bitter. I think of apathy as a disease of sorts. If you don’t care anymore….what’s the point? If you are existing from moment to moment without truly feeling what it means to be human….what’s the point?

So, I salute all the people who are strong enough to share their hearts and souls with others. I applaud you for being who you are in a judgmental world. I congratulate you for showing your humanity. Please don’t let the cynical comments of others ever change you. You give a lot of us hope.

With Gratitude,

Lindsay B.

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