Do you know what’s it like to feel? To be anything but indifferent to happiness or injustice? Do you know what it’s like to experience life on a deeper level, rather than to just sit back and watch? Watch the atrocities that take place before your eyes? And you sit still and say nothing. Do you know what it’s like to be lifted by happiness? To feel your heart burst with joy? To feel the corners of your mouth stretch to their greatest extent to form a smile? You listen to the sound of laughter. And it doesn’t move you. You watch tears run down the faces of children. And it doesn’t move you. What is it that will strike some emotion within you? Or do you feel that it’s safer to be indifferent and cold-hearted? That way, you save yourself from attachment and vulnerability. But you don’t have to be afraid to feel, to experience life on an emotional level. You don’t have to be afraid to love, and to cry, and to fall apart before you repair your broken pieces again. Give yourself a chance. Leave your heart on the table in front of you. And feel. Feel how alive you are. A living, breathing being on this planet whose heart responds to emotion, happiness and sadness, calm and chaos, peace and frustration. Let go of the stolid persona you’ve masked yourself in. You don’t have to be afraid to get hurt. Because those who experience sadness deeply also have the ability to sense happiness with every drop of blood in their veins. Let go. Actively respond to injustice. Reach out to those who are emotionally wounded. Parade in the happiness that others share with you. You don’t have to be afraid.
Caption: To contrast the former image, which depicts pure happiness, I included the rightmost image to convey a solemn mood. These photos were taken on the day of my senior prom (June 3, 2016).