Surfing the Waves of Emotions

So much emotion!

I feel thankful, I feel happy, I feel stunned.

I feel tired, I feel confused, I feel scared and sometimes terrified.

I feel a sense of peace and connectedness to the world around me.

I feel hope, I feel calm.

I’m full of anxiety, fear, doubt, restlessness.

I am up, I am down, I am happy and I am sad. I feel fear, I am content. 

I feel so many emotions that sometimes I’m not sure how to deal with any of them. So instead of trying to deal with them, I let each one pass through me as they come.

Emotions; We all have them, and they come and go like waves. Some of them are little sets of gentle ripples and some are as intense as a tsunami. Waves come and waves go, each breaking on the shore and each is time-limited. 

I have learned to sit with the emotion, to understand that even the most intense feelings will soon ebb, even though it sometimes feels like they take up all the space in my body, mind, and soul. There is even room to feel more than one thing!

When I feel the intense emotions begin to rise, I sometimes try for control. I want to balance perfectly and ride them to the shore with ease. That’s not life, even the most eloquent and prophetic surfer wipes out. It’s okay, another set of emotional waves will come soon enough.  Sometimes gentle, sometimes stormy, sometimes hardly noticing the fleeting feelings. That’s normal, natural, human nature. 

I feel grateful.


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Thank you for reading my memoir, Untangled, A Story of Resilience, Courage, and Triumph

46 thoughts on “Surfing the Waves of Emotions

  1. C.M. Blackwood

    Probably the most eloquent and insightful piece on human emotion I’ve ever read. I really admire the way you’ve learned to deal with your feelings when they come. You’re a very strong person. 🙂

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  2. Thank You Wanda, I really appreciate your comment. I can absolutely relate to that feeling of being consumed by an emotion. In fact today, I had to tell myself, “nope, this will pass.” Have a good evening! 🙂 Alexis

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  3. Beautiful. A great reminder to feel our emotions but realize that they don’t own us or define us. I love how you said they don’t take up all the space in our bodies. So true and yet our strong emotions certainly masquerade as though they do.

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  4. Thank You Serena, I really appreciate your feedback. Its always a work in progress to remind myself to quell the power that emotions have over me. Im glad we’ve connected. Alexis


  5. Thanks for the post and especially for reminding me that contradictory emotions takes so long to master for survivors, doesn’t it. It’s taken me 50 years to begin, only begin, to achieve that level of insight x

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  6. Huge Smile and hugging you! Thank You for your kind words and always continued support. You make it a lot easier to hit the publish button each time. Its 10 am here, so its nighttime for you. Sleep well my friend! xx

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