This morning I received a message which read..
“We, as a society, really have no idea how *suffocated* people are in their emotions. Most people have *nobody* to express themselves entirely to. Everyone is holding back their *vulnerabilities* to maintain the *social image* of a confident and happy person.
Heart-to-heart conversations have become *rare, artificial and shallow*. And most hearts are filled with *empty defenses*.
Most people can’t even talk to their *life-partners openly* for the fear of being judged or rejected. Emotions await just a release. Social images make sure weakness is not glorified.
Children have *bottled up* stress. Young people suffer anxiety and depression.
It is just lack of social support. It is *lack of non-judgmental* friendships. It is a result of *fast and busy lives* where nobody has time to just sit and watch someone cry.
It is the result of *instant and impatient lifestyle* practices, that *emotions have started feeling like a waste of time*.
We have *WhatsApp and facetime and social media* – and we also have *stress and anxiety and depression*.
Our forefathers had neither. Because they talked to each other. Because talking helps.
The face-to-face type talking, the *just-listen-to-me* type talking, the *hold-my-hand-and-let-me-cry* type talking, the *sit-next-to-me-and-listen-to-my-silence* type talking… the talking where the person can be themselves and *say anything they feel without the fear of any judgment or loss or rejection*.
Today we don’t like that type of talking. Those conversations when someone begins to undress one’s mind. In fact, we *avoid people*.
And so, mental illness is epidemic. Naturally. There is not much we can do. But we can offer a *listening* !”
It is definitely sad to see that this is so true and this is what our lives have become.
Just lift your head around you and have a look, you would see that everyone is so busy, either chatting on WhatsApp or checking facebook or twitter posts.
There are so many pictures of people uploading happy pictures with smiling faces and selfie pouts but stop for a minute and is what they portrayed on social media really what their lives are!
I don’t think so and I do not see the reason why anyone should even pretend!
My opinion is that today’s world is scared of confrontation, is scared of facing a society that we have created and facing the truth. If what was on social media then there would not be numerous ads on sessions by various groups on “How to be Happy” or “Happiness sessions. Do we really need to be taught how to be happy??…. I will leave it here with a thought to ponder upon….
At least I can proudly say that I have 4 best friends… who I know I can have honest conversations and always depend on… no matter what….
Let’s… let people talk without any fear. Let’s create conversations…..