In this SchloerBLOG post I want to talk about negative emotions. We all have them, and yet sometimes, I think we feel like we shouldn’t (I know I do at least). I hate feeling nervous before an audition. I hate feeling jealous of the person who got the part over me. I hate feeing disappointed in myself when I don’t book a job.
But, really, what’s the point of “hating” our emotions? The only reason I’m feeling these “negative” emotions is because I care about acting and my career. It’s important to me. If it weren’t important to me, I’d feel completely indifferent. I wouldn’t care. I’d react to rejection the same way I would if Ralph’s switched the location of the bananas. Okay, who cares? They're already in my cart.
So instead of “hating” on my emotions, I’m trying to love them (I know, barf.). But actually, I am grateful to these feelings even if feeling them hurts. Anxiety, jealousy, and disappointment are my body’s way of telling me that I’m on the right path. The only reason my career stirs up these emotions in me is because I am passionate about it. Just like family, if I didn’t love it, it wouldn’t drive me crazy.
Sure, I’d love to only feel inspired, joyous, and fulfilled about my acting career, but that’s just not realistic. You gotta take the good with the bad and feeling the “bad” emotions helps you better appreciate the “good” emotions.
So, THANK YOU, anxiety, jealousy, and disappointment, for trying to protect me, showing me I care, and revealing what I really want.
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