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 result of fast and busy lives where nobody has time to just sit and watch someone cry.
It is result of instant and impatient lifestyle practices, that emotions have started feeling like waste of time.
We have WhatsApp, Facetime and social media – and we also have stress and anxiety and depression.
Our forefathers had neither because they talked to each other. It was so 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 judgement or loss or rejection.
Today we dont 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 !
Let’s let people talk without any fear. Let’s create conversations.
Let’s start talking again.