I am a firm believer in the concept of sharing what is on your mind. Also known as venting, this “sharing” is the best way to not only say what you have been feeling, but also learn about what is going on in the lives of others. This exchange of feelings and ideas builds comfort and gives you peace in knowing you are not alone in what you are going through. We need this more than we know and I think it is important to make an effort to vent whenever the situation calls for it.
I have been going through a multitude of things in my own life and the frustrations have built up over the months. There are times where I feel like a yo-yo or a roller coaster, going up and down based on what has gone on during a particular day or week. Of course I share with my wife, who is amazingly understanding, supportive, and the most important person I vent to, but sometimes it is nice to talk with and learn about what is going on in the lives of others.
For the first time in what seems like forever, I was able to go back to Illinois and catch up with some of the most important people in my life. I was able to talk about what has been going on in different areas, voice my pains, and ultimately, get their advice about how to proceed from there. In return, I was able to learn about what was going on with them, learn about areas that were troubling them, and offer my support as to what they should do next. I mad the three and a half hour trek back to Michigan last night with resolve, peace, and ideas as to how I should move forward. It was exactly what I needed.
We are all going through something different, as no situation is the same, but you would be surprised to learn how similar some people’s paths are to yours. The only way to find out is to stay open and talk about what is going on in your life. Do not be afraid or feel like you are bothering anyone, and at the same time, be supportive of what someone else has to say. Show them how safe this two-way street can be. Show them that you “feel” them in the same way they “feel” you.