Sometimes we intentionally run away from certain experiences because we are afraid. We either try to protect ourselves from disappointment and sadness or reject these negative feelings altogether.
As result, we may end up missing out on the best moments of our lives simply because we refuse to embrace discomfort. We end up not having the ability to appreciate or recognize something good, even when it’s staring us in the face.
Here’s why you can’t have a meaningful life without embracing negative feelings:
1) You won’t commit to anything meaningful
Discomfort is the price of admission to a meaningful life. If you’re not open to giving anything your 100% because you’re afraid of disappointment, you will never be able to experience moments that make life worth living for. You will never understand the beauty of substance because you’re always too busy living on the surface. You will never discover the true meaning of life. In order to be happy, you need to learn to let go and have faith. Trust the universe, even when things don’t work out. You can’t grow if you don’t make mistakes and learn from them.
2) Only the dead live without emotions
If you intentionally run away from certain experiences or people just to avoid negative feelings or often try to reject “bad” emotions instead of embracing it, you might as well be dead. Negative emotions are not bad. It’s normal to feel sad, angry, or disappointed. You are only human. Stop living like a zombie or drifting through life. Your job is not to just exist in this world. You should live life as if there’s no tomorrow. Take the good with the bad. Understand that nothing is perfect in life and it’s okay to cry sometimes. Nothing is permanent.
3) You will not learn how to deal with reality
Accept your feelings instead of actively pushing aside negative emotions. When you reject negative emotions and have false positivity, you will lose your capability to deal with the world as it is. Life is a series of ups and downs and the only way you can learn to deal with reality is to embrace it. Stop living in denial and lying to yourself. Stop running away from life or settling with mediocracy. When things get tough, deal with it instead of looking for distractions or moving on to something new. The cycle will always continue if you refuse to face the harsh truth about life. Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.