To The People Who Hide All Their Emotions

To The People Who Hide All Their Emotions

Because dealing with them is hard
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Everyone has emotions. While some have more than others, everyone has the basic feelings that make us human. You can be happy, sad, excited, hurt and everything in between. And it is okay to feel all of these emotions because it is perfectly normal to have an emotional reaction to a certain situation, as everyone deals with emotions differently.

You have the people who wear their hearts on their sleeves and are unafraid of showing each emotion. Then you have some people who show emotions in certain settings. And finally, you have the people who hold all their emotions in and bottle everything up. This article is for the last category of people, those that would rather keep things in than openly share what they are experiencing. To reveal their inner emotions can, at times, be portrayed as a weakness, but I'm here to tell you that it's nothing to be ashamed of.

To the people who keep it in, I understand that sometimes the best way to deal with all of your feelings is to block them out, run away from them and hope they never show up again. With that being said, you are the type of person that always has a smile on your face because that is your mask to protect you from getting too personal. You never like it when people can tell if you are having a bad day, or if you have cried yourself to sleep the night before. Showing your anger or that you have had your feelings hurt is something you completely avoid all together, although you shouldn't be embarrassed about it.

With feelings come the roller coaster ride of emotions, especially love. Liking someone or falling in love with someone is terrifying. At first everything is very casual and low key, but as you start to catch feelings you begin to panic. You start to think of all the ways you can get out of the situation that is making you uncomfortable.

When you begin to feel like everything is becoming a bit too much, you shut down and go into your own little world. You do not know how to handle the stress and it is just the tip of the ice burg for you, causing you to have a full mental break down. But it's okay.

I understand completely, because emotions are scary and sometimes you never understand them at all. But it is okay to share them once in a while and it is okay to tell everyone how you feel. Avoid the break down phase, because once you break down, it is hard to come back.

You may not know that I hide all of my emotions, too. But I came to realize that it might not be the healthiest thing for a person to do. So don't run from how you are feeling, instead embrace it. You never know where feeling some type of way can lead you.

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.

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Seniors,

I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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