It was a day of being everybody’s Yoda. A role of which I am ok with, but by the end of it, I’m mentally drained. Normally I’d pop on some tunes and veg out, but I have lots to do in a short period of time.
How do you know how you feel?
e.e. cummings wrote that “a poet is somebody who feels, and who expresses his feelings through words.” The trouble is this isn’t as easy as it sounds. I mean I am human right? Feeling is just something that happens automatically. But is it really? As e.e. cummings goes on to say:
“A lot of people think or believe or know they feel – but that’s thinking or believing or knowing; not feeling. Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught how to feel. Why? Because whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself.”
I often question whether or not I feel. I have a lot of empathy towards others, so I’m not a Mister Spock or anything, but sometimes deep feelings escape me or I’ve forgotten how to feel. This isn’t coming out on paper like it sounds in my head. Sometimes I look inside to see how I feel and see nothing but the void.
Maybe that’s my problem right there – I “look” to “see” my feelings instead of feeling my feelings. So back to my original question, how do you know how to feel? Can trust that what you feel is really what you feel? Or just a response to how you have been conditioned to feel.
e.e. cummings again:
“To be nobody but yourself – in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”
What feelings do I feel the most?
Supposedly the typical male only has three emotions on his dial – mad, glad, bad. Everything else is a variation in degree for each of these. Most of the time I’m just happy. I do have periods of extreme melancholy. And on very rare occasions, I get mad. And some times, I have this crazy feeling of love for everybody and everything – I know that sounds very hippie, but its true, in those times, I feel immense love for everybody.
I’m able to suppress my emotions completely, which I guess must mean I have some Vulcan blood in me.
That said, I want to feel more. It’s on my list of things to do to make me a better human being.