I've noticed a change in attitude and feelings in myself recently.

Yes. I have those days where they are off days.

But I've come to realize (with the help of Nicky) that we are all (or mostly) Emotionally Retarded. 

What do I mean about being "emotionally retarded"? 

SImple. When there is a cry for help from someone we all tend to look the other way. My colleague, Juliette, brought up a very truthful quote, "Don't yell for help, yell 'fire'". I'm not going to lie, I've probably gone through hundreds of tweets, tumblr posts, status updates where people have expressed themselves through some sort of emotional discharge (laughing, crying, hurting themselves or other things, etc.). I've looked at it then looked away, without even realizing or contemplating if they needed any help--anything to help them through the day. 

I'm also not going to lie when I say that when I get upset and no one bothers to pick me off the ground, I get even more upset. I know, I'm being hypocritical, but it's the truth. Don't you feel it too? We're all just emotionally retarded. 

It might be because we're either busy, or we wouldn't know what to do in that situation to help the person, or whatever other reason, which is understandable. But speaking for myself, just having someone encourage me, or listen to me, or even just send me a friendly text will make me feel better or even put a smile on my face. 

Therefore, I vow to become emotionally intelligent. I'll try my best to help my friends and peers feel better and help them with whatever they need. No one is perfect. 

Honestly speaking, just by helping my friend today made me feel so much better about myself. Sending a few texts out last week made me smile for the rest of the day. Just because my life is sometimes eff'd up, doesn't mean I can't help someone else. I have the potential to lift someone up and help them rise above. 

I hope you decide to go forth with being emotionally intelligent as well.

 


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