Sometimes life seems like it’s too much to handle at once. When we’re distressed, sometimes we don’t want to be rational. Instead we want to yell and break things, or maybe ignore the problem altogether and just sleep, pretending it never happened.

At times I get so angry it’s hard for me to even focus. But lately, when I’m upset I’ve started pouring out my feelings into writing, and it’s helped tremendously. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just raw and open and messy. That’s how feelings are supposed to be anyway. Honest and real.

Everyone hears the word “art” and they immediately think of something like painting. And yes, painting is fantastic, but so is music, writing, crafting, makeup, sewing—any creative outlet could be defined as art. And I think it’s really important for every single person to have a way to express themselves artistically.

I know what it’s like to drive yourself crazy keeping everything bottled in, but not want to tell anyone what’s going on. It’s a terrible, lonely feeling. Next time, I want to suggest writing down exactly how you feel. On paper, your phone, your computer—doesn’t matter. Of course our writers here are always willing to lend a listening ear or offer advice, but sometimes you just aren’t ready to be open and that’s okay. Believe me, even if nobody reads what you wrote, you will feel like a weight has been lifted from your shoulders. Write until there’s nothing left to say, until your opinions and feelings have been recognized and are in words. Or maybe words aren’t your thing. Who’s to say you can’t get those same feelings dealt with by drawing? Everyone is different; you have to find what works best for you.

It’s so important to deal with negative thoughts and emotions, and to recognize them instead of pushing them to the furthest corner of your mind and repressing them. There are people out there who care and are willing to listen.

You’re human. It’s okay to feel things.

It doesn’t make you weak. And your feelings are always valid, remember that.

-Hunter 💜


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