I’m talking about feelings and emotions. Granted, they come in very handy for some things like – oh, I don’t know – warning us about danger or indicating love or compassion or regret or what have you. But, and maybe it’s just me, these things – feelings – tend to hang around a lot longer than they’re useful for.
For example; is it necessary for me to be angry with someone for an entire day or an entire WEEK when I’ve already accepted that yes, I’m angry with so and so? Why doesn’t my body just shoot me a feeling that says “ANGER ALERT!” and then shut the fuck up about it? Or maybe like, “Hey, there’s a shark over there. Get out of the water.” I’d listen and react accordingly. This feeling doesn’t need to harass me all day about my fear or cause me to think twice about getting into my own bathtub. Yes? Especially once I’m no longer in danger.
But when my body shoots me a feeling that lingers for an entire day or longer – now what is the point? Is my feeling-O-meter broken? Why is it running on high? Why – if I’m not the one who turned it on in the first place – do I have to learn how to shut it down? Something about this feels off. This seems like I’m being asked to learn more than just your everyday self-control, which I’m all over.
Hm. The mysteries of being human just never cease to confound me.