We Brits are often perceived as being reserved. The ‘stiff upper lip’ must always be preserved, no emotions betrayed.
How many times have you apologised for an outburst – whether that outburst was of laughter, tears, or anger? If you are anything like me, it will be more times than I can count or remember.
It’s a bit daft, really. We are all human beings, and we will often have an emotional response to things. We should never apologise for being human (unless someone is hurt as the result of an angry outburst, but that’s slightly different).
Thankfully these days showing your emotions is acceptable – and in some situations even expected. I’m glad about that.
As this lovely quote shows, there is nothing wrong with showing your emotions. Indeed, showing your emotions shows that you care. It shows that you have a big heart.
I wear my heart on my sleeve: I will cry when something upsets me – and with joy. I will laugh heartily when something entertains me. I can be quick to show anger when someone has upset me, or someone I care about.
Freely demonstrating those emotions makes me, me.
I am (I hope you will agree) kind, generous, a good listener, with a strong sense of empathy, and fairness. Those qualities, I believe, go hand-in-hand with sensitivity and being able to show emotions.
I also believe we need more of these qualities in the world – and for them to be demonstrated more freely. For people to understand that showing emotion is a sign of strength, not weakness.
That means I won’t apologise for being sensitive or emotional (unless I unintentionally upset someone, of course). I am full of passion, with a big heart, and I will continue to show it.
What do you think of this quote?