It would not be overstatement to say that this generation is the most sensitive to walk the face of the earth. Anything and everything are just about a potential trigger for an overflow of emotions.
One can say people walk around with their emotions in their hands, ready to drop them on whoever they can at first chance. And by emotions, I mean the “negative” set in this context. It is increasingly getting very hard to deal with people because no amount of caution seems to be enough. People seem to have made it a point to take everything and anything very personal.
From the nature of our approaches, responses and reactions to issues, the number of beefs on this space, the number of people blocked, the handiwork of emotion is glaringly visible. We’re emotional crybabies in literal sense.
To top it all most of us always find ourselves rallied on either side of an issue. People start off as “supporters” and graduate to “fighters” really quick. And the emotional cycle of chaos ensues.
It is hard to find anyone emotionally intelligent enough to distance themselves from the drama. Drama and “out of control emotions” are siblings. It is sickening especially as most people scream emotional resilience, though it isn’t new to human nature to say one thing, and completely do and be another.
Gradually we have blurred the line between emotional responsibility and emotional babysitting, worst still babies who seem to have no interest in growing up. We keep deliberately misinterpreting situations and give deaf ears to reason just so we can unleash our emotions on others.
In a world where “mental health” importance is gaining grounds, isn’t it just the perfect opportunity to let our emotions run wild and free? We have very high expectations of how we should be treated and no concern about how to stay in control.
We champion talks that suggest we consider other’s emotions since “others is everybody” and pay no mind to what we could do to maintain order. We are in a competition of “who takes things personal the most”. It’s even worse for influencers and celebrities. Together with their fans we’ve turned the media space to a circus without the joy and fun.
While it is great that we consider human emotions in our behaviors, it is toxic to expect consideration and keep no reigns on our emotions. A great recipe for disaster because each time we let our emotions takeover we lose control and they gain momentum, in no time we will be powerless to them.
Not everything needs attention, reaction and expression of emotion. Emotions are like a horse, if untamed it remains wild, and we all know how stubborn untamed horses can get. Go where they wish without caring the riders wishes, wreak havoc where they please and even betray the rider at will.
The last thing you or anyone of us wants is to deal with untamed emotions. Unfortunately, most of us seem to be headed only towards that direction. In truth, maintaining emotional control and stability are totally up to an individual. Emotions are most often a result of our interpretation of things, we have power over our interpretations, so we obviously have power over our emotions.
This “emotional babysitting” ships we’re on will end in tears. Let’s hop off now and take responsibility of our emotions before disaster hits. No one says deny your emotions or bottle them up, it’s about learning to navigate and use them. Feel free to read this article with emotion and find it offensive instead of the genuine call for emotional responsibility it is. Everything has more than one valid side, this is just one very valid way to look at it. So don’t turn a deaf ear because this is just one angle which holds you accountable.