Following feelings willy-nilly will result in all kinds of shenanigans. Broken hearts, destroyed friendships, short-lived careers and more.
I say this because I’m a very emotional person. They’re all there, resting just under the surface. I can be reduced to tears or become angry in a heartbeat. I see it in my children, too…unfortunately. So I try to teach deep breathing—for me as well as them—as a method to give the brain time to register a more appropriate response. I try to instil techniques and offer advice that helps, rather than hinders, as they grow and mature. We’re in the years where hormones start to run rampant, so it’s going to be an interesting few years ahead.
Feel all the feels, for sure. But I hope they learn to be the boss of their emotions, not the other way around.