Life can be super stressful. It can be hard making it through a single day at times. Luckily most of us have someone we can turn to that lets us vent, and say what needs to be said so we can feel better. I have a tendency to hold what I’m feeling inside, and bottle things up. This is super unhealthy, I know. When I bottle things up they eat away at me, and I end up exploding emotionally. I’m kind of scared that I’ll eventually implode from all the stress I put on myself. What I lack in the ability to express how I’m feeling to others, I think I make up for it with the fact that I’m an excellent listener.
I have actually been called the white Oprah. Funny, yes, but also kind of true. I take pride in the fact that I have never told a secret that someone has trusted me with. I am an open book that is always willing to hear what someone else needs to say. I don’t know that I give the most helpful advice, but I always attempt to give the best advice I can. I wouldn’t say that I’ve had the most intense life lessons to learn from, but I do try very hard to learn something from everything that transpires in my life.
I kind of believe I make a good listener because I approach everything from an unbiased perspective. I try to see things from the point-of-view of everyone involved. It can be super easy to takes sides when listening to a story, but I fight that urge with all that I have. It can be hard to open up to people (trust me, I know this well) so I try to be as comforting as I can. Though I’m going to think twice before trying to hug someone that is opening up to me, I attempted to hug a friend once, and it totally freaked her out. But I think that’s just her personality, she’s not very open. Which I clearly understand. It made for a funny moment though.
Even though I don’t open up frequently, I am fortunate enough to have amazing people in my life that are willing to listen if I ever feel the urge to vent. I believe these people know who they are, and I hope they know that I am more than ready and willing to return the favor at any time. Unfortunately everyone isn’t as lucky as I am, with having such a great support system. I really wish there was a way for me to be there for all of those people. Like I said, I don’t offer the best advice out there, but I really do try.
I think it’s important for each and every single one of us to feel supported, and feel like someone is actually listening to us. When things get crazy, it’s the most comforting thing to feel like someone cares. No matter where you are, or what you’re going through, I can assure you, someone cares. I care. I may not know you, but I honestly hope that whatever you’re going through gets better. From experience, I’ve learned that things get better if you give them time. Time really does heal all wounds. So stay strong, and let what you’re feeling out.
So my questions for you: Who do you turn to when you need to vent? What’s your release?
Lindsey. Twenty-Five. Currently pursuing a degree in Professional Writing & Film Studies.