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  • Jamie Knight

Emotional Variety: The Legit Spice of Life

Updated: Jan 20

Let's have a chat about the breadth of feelings that make life the weird and wonderful thing it is. Just like a box of assorted chocolates, having a range of emotions is what adds that delicious flavour to our daily existence.

We often have an urge to look for endless happiness, expecting that every day should be filled with smiles, rainbows, and unicorns, despite the disconnective dystopian world we live in (insert cynical emoji here). Imagine a world where you only experienced one emotion – let's say, perpetual joy. Sounds like a dream, right? Well, hold on to your hats because, believe it or not, having a range of emotions is the real key to a fulfilling and well-rounded life.

A woman with eyes closed, holding her face with her hands

First off, let's give a round of applause to our emotions for being the real MVPs of the human experience. Whether it's the exhilarating thrill of success or the bittersweet sting of nostalgia, our emotions are the spice that keeps our lives from becoming a bland and tasteless stew. Sound appealing? I think not.

Having a range of emotions is like having a personal kaleidoscope of experiences. Each emotion brings its own set of colors and patterns to the canvas of our lives. Joy, sadness, excitement, grief, pride, anger – they're all essential hues that contribute to the masterpiece that is your unique journey.

Besides, having a variety of emotions helps us connect with others on a deeper level. It's the shared laughter that strengthens bonds, and the empathetic tears that remind us we're all sailing in the same boat. When I think of my own impactful, most memorable experiences, it is those that were shared, full of complex and weird emotions. When we embrace our emotional diversity, we become better friends, partners, and companions on this wild ride we call life.

A woman in work clothes, kneeling in snow, smiling as a puppy licks her

Case in point: This pup brought the biggest smiles during an unexpectedly long and tough disaster deployment. When I recall that deployment, I appreciate each element of anger, sadness, grief, joy, camaraderie, and belonging. Pups included.

So maybe it's time we stop chasing happiness as the goal. Instead, maybe we seek to embrace the multitude of emotions we are capable of. Avoiding big emotions is never the goal. Learning to sit with them is.

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