When you talk to young people today about how they express their feelings or emotions, most of the time you hear them say one thing: They don't. So many people are afraid of expressing things such as love, or sadness, but mainly compassion. Here is compassion defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

Compassion: sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it.

In other words, you have sympathy for people in need or people in distress and you want to help in some way. Young people today comment on issues or things they see on social media or in real life and one of the first things said is, "well I don't feel bad for them," or "they did it to themselves" or even "why is it my problem?" It's not your problem at all, but why does that even matter? Sure, we all have problems of our own. I make $9 an hour and have my own bills to pay but if someone needs money and I can help them, why wouldn't I? Because life doesn't revolve around me... that's why.

I'm an emotional person; I'm sensitive. I cry when I'm sad and when I'm happy. I feel compassion for people all the time, even when it has nothing to do with me or even if I don't relate to the situation at all. I used to say that it's a blessing and a curse, but looking at it now, I see just how much of a blessing it actually is.

I used to be ashamed of my compassion. I used to try to act all tough and act as though I didn't care, but for what? So I could impress my friends or the people around me? That's so stupid. God gives us all spiritual gifts. I think God gave me compassion. I am able to see things from so many perspectives because I feel sympathy for someone or I relate to a certain situation. And even if I don't, I turn to God and ask for that perspective and for that compassion to understand. As a matter of fact, if it weren't for that compassion, I wouldn't be in the wonderful relationship I'm currently in. If it weren't for my overwhelming sense of compassion, I wouldn't have found the will to forgive those that have wronged me. I would have held a grudge and gone through life being angry and judgemental.

If it weren't for the compassion that I have in my heart, I wouldn't have the audacity to write this to tell you to stop worrying about having a heart as cold as ice- it's stupid. You shouldn't want that. You should want to go to the ends of the Earth to help people. You should want to understand people. Believe it or not, having compassion for the people you go through life meeting and actually giving a crap about someone or something other than yourself WILL make you a better human and WILL make you happier. Compassion isn't a curse, y'all. It's the greatest gift God ever gave to me and I will defend it with this big 'ole heart I have. Embrace compassion and embrace emotion. It's what makes us human.