As a woman, I grew up with this whole stigma that emotions are bad.

Now, before you get your panties in a wad, let me explain myself. 

In everything around me–movies, books, (heck, even real life sometimes)–emotions were portrayed in one of two ways. With women, only when they were on their period and with men, only, well, never.

And, to top it all off, instead of the word emotion encompassing everything you feel, society only used it to describe the “bad” ones. Laughing was fine. Smiling, good. But crying, yelling, getting upset was not okay.

I don’t know what it is with us and stuffing people, things, and beings, into a one dimensional boxes so we can understand it, but us humans don’t seem to get emotions. And, because we don’t understand them, especially our own emotions, we ignore them. We tell men to suck it up and we tell women that they are only like this because they’re on their period.

Maybe it’s jsut me, but that seems wrong. Men and women should be allowed to feel openly without fear of judgement in either direction. They should be allowed to laugh and cry, to smile and yell. Everyone everywhere should be allowed to have emotions without being afraid of what people will say.

So, let’s make a promise. Let’s decide to not judge others or ourselves for feeling. Let’s allow people to be simply that, people. Beings that make mistakes, that move past them, and, most importantly, aren’t afraid to feel.

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This post is part of my “I am a woman” blog posts, which can be found here and my “I am an observer” posts, which can be found here. All other posts can be found by clicking here.

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