We hear a lot about emotional availability in our culture, but what about emotional awareness? To me, emotional awareness is the sense of self that one develops from reflecting upon life experiences, which includes examining your own feelings along with how your behavior affects the well-being of other people. You have to admit and own your mistakes. You have to commit to changing your behavior when necessary. None of this is easy work because analysis can be painful and processing takes time. Undoubtedly, it’s complicated; even for those who have a solid understanding of themselves. The last decade has been a period of incredible growth for me. I don’t want to bury my feelings somewhere inside as if they don’t exist. I never want to be detached. Not only is that mindset unhealthy, but it totally undermines platonic and romantic relationships. One of the most important realizations I’ve come to as of late is that I want to be understood, validated, respected, and loved and I won’t accept anything less than what I believe I deserve. There, I said it. In addition, it is imperative that I demonstrate the same toward the people I care about because you have to be consistent in your expectations. This composes the bedrock of the human condition as I conceive it. Now, will there be missteps along the way? Yes, but what matters is how you navigate those missteps in an effort to maintain an upward trajectory.
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