“People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that's bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they're afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they're wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It's all in how you carry it. That's what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you're letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.”
— Jim Morrison.
Saw this gem of words on Homegirlshandgrenades and it jumped out at me. I've got a friend who's been raving about the truth Jim Morrison speaks for a minute now, and I see what he's talking about.
Feelings are can definitely be disturbing, on so many levels. They disturb in a variety of ways, and one discloses these at their discretion. Somebody out there isn't always going to like what YOU are feeling. They may doubt it, demean it, or dumb it down, but your pain is you. It is legitimate.
Sometimes others just don't deserve to know, or it's just not their business, but I know I'm gonna stand up for my right to feel my own pain. Because feeling it and acknowledging it, it's what is carving a stronger me.