I’m stuck on that song that I wrote about last night. Not the song itself, but the message: Be quiet. Big boys don’t cry.
What would life be like if we were not taught to suppress our feelings? What would life be like if were not made to feel bad about ourselves?
“You’re fat. You’re dumb. You’re too sensitive. You’re cold.”
“Stand up straight. Be a lady. Boys don’t play with dolls.”
When these things are said to children, we grow up with someone else’s vision of who we should be – or who they expect us to be.
Most of the time, adults have our best interests in mind. But sometimes not.
Sometimes it’s a projection rooted in something that happened to them.
When we speak to others, we need to think twice before we risk doing some emotional damage.
There is much to say – or write – on this subject, but for now, let’s just leave it as a point to ponder for today.
How did what you were told and taught in childhood shape who you are today?