Emotions

Emotions

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In a college linguistics course, we talked about language and identity. As the discussion evolved one day, we talked about how language reflects identity. At a certain point, I offered the thought that perhaps our souls don’t have “colors.” My professor was elated. The discussion called forth powerful emotions. Some of my peers disagreed with me in a respectful way.

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Not a Shrinking Violet

Not a Shrinking Violet

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When the energy swirling around us culminated, I could decide to ride the shame spiral or not. I chose not to ride it. It’s not that wish to be defiant, it’s just that I don’t feel ashamed and I want to be authentic.

I admit that I feel things strongly when I feel them. I am diligent about managing my big emotions when they get big. And while I have the capacity to demonstrate empathy for the feelings of others, I might not always feel the same way as someone I care deeply about. And that is a little painful for us, I think.

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