Disney released a new Pixar movie Inside Out, and I have never been more moved by a movie. Seriously. The movie revolves around characters of 5 primary emotions in a young girl Riley’s mind (Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust) and how they control her brain to make her feel the way she does. Ultimately, moral of the movie was that it’s okay to embrace your sadness.
I walked out of that movie confused as heck.
I identified myself as the character of Joy in the movie – always trying her best to keep Riley happy, and trying to keep Sadness away from Riley’s emotion control –, which is exactly what I do. But when the movie conveyed what it did, I was left wondering why I used up so much of my mental energy doing so. Maybe it is okay to be sad sometimes?
So over the past week I embraced any sadness I felt. Moving usually brings sadness with it, so I embraced it instead of hitting it with a baseball bat. You might wonder what I mean by embracing it – I spoke to my parents about how I felt, I allowed myself to be comforted, I listened to a sad playlist on Spotify and ate some ice cream. It felt AWESOME.
After I went through the whole cycle of feeling upset I actually felt better! Acknowledging those feelings instead of smushing them away got rid of so much tension – tension I didn’t even know I had – and in turn made it so much easier to look at the silver lining. My silver lining is being able to study journalism this semester at school. What’s yours?
What is important though, is to make sure you get out of the cycle. Dealing with your feelings of sadness does not mean getting stuck in them, or you’ll end up being sad forever.
Here are few ways to snap out of the cycle (or to celebrate getting out of it).
- That ice cream shop you’ve always wanted to check out? Go try it. Yes, now. Or bake some kickass cookies and then eat them.
- Is it a bright summer day outside? Go ride a bike. Or go running. Or go swimming!
- Watch your favorite sitcom, or one of those movies are so-bad-that-they’re-good.
So if you’re feeling sad right now, just embrace it – the most learning comes out of sadness anyway.
A similar idea from one of my favourite YouTubers humblethepoet: check it out here!