When we come to deal with and talk about emotional baggage, it could almost seem like just the term itself carries with it a heavy weight. Before we start talking about it, we need to define it. So, what is it exactly – emotional baggage? According to Collins Dictionary – ‘the feelings you have about your past and the things that have happened to you, which often have a negative effect on your behaviour and attitudes.’
Another thing we should make clear – we all have emotional baggage. Even people who think they don’t – do. A person without emotional baggage is a Buddha. One of the most common “mistakes” people make about emotional baggage, is thinking that the fact they were able to go through events in their life and come out accomplished, means that they don’t hold in any related negative feelings, traumas, perceptions and so on, regarding these events.
The fact is, that one can be a very accomplished and successful person, surrounded by loving family and good friends and still hold tremendous feelings of anger, resentment, pain, loneliness, anxiety and so forth. That’s because they never dealt with their emotional baggage. They didn’t go through a process of letting go, release, acceptance and forgiveness.
Whether we’d like it or not, our emotions have a direct and immediate effect on our quality of life. No matter what we might own and achieve at the material level, if the emotional level is suffering, we will suffer too. We can try and numb ourselves till the end so we don’t feel any discomfort, but the truth is, that living our life with numbed feelings is not that big of a catch as well.
So here are 5 reasons why you should deal with your emotional baggage:
1. Because your emotional baggage already affects you, whether or not you are aware of that.
2. Because the feelings of unhappiness and sadness are not going away no matter how numbed you are.
3. Because there is a good chance that, if you don’t deal with your emotional baggage, you’ll pay a dear
price with your health.
4. Because you owe yourself that much.
5. Because the reward of dealing with it is worth it. You’ll be so much happier, healthier and a joyful person. The kind you’ve always wanted to be.
What’s next? Well, no one is going to promise you it’s going to be easy, but you can be assured it’ll be highly rewarding. Find your way to deal with your baggage and commit to it, commit to this journey, commit to yourself.