So many emotions are spoken continually today without any thought that the actual meaning of them becomes less and less significant. The English language isn’t expensive enough to explain exactly how we are feeling on many occasions.
Today I am specifically thinking about the emotion pride. I don’t know how many kids I have coached I was proud of their effort or proud of what they had achieved. But at times I feel like proud is the wrong word. In this particular circumstance it is usually a cross between being pleased with their effort and happy with the way they are progressing and always giving their all.
Saying you are proud of someone is a nice way of making someone else feel good about their achievements.
My best friend got married yesterday. The speeches were amazing and one of the moments that stood out was when the grooms’ father spoke about how proud he was of his son. I felt like this form of pride expression was a lot different to the one previously mentioned. It has a lot more emotion attached to it and it was almost palpable to everyone else in the room. It was a great moment of pure emotions on display.
Another form of this emotion is just feeling it in its purest form. No words needed to be spoken at all. Standing at the front of the church on his wedding day and watching his gorgeous bride walk down the aisle I couldn’t have been prouder of him and the point of his life he has reached. Again the word proud doesn’t do it justice, seeing him up on that stage was very surreal and I had time to reflect on our journey from where our friendship started in first grade all the way through till now. The highs the lows, the tears and the laughs it was a whirl of emotions all at once. It was an overwhelming sensation that I haven’t experienced on many occasions before.
Friends like that don’t come around very often.
There are so many ways that different emotions can be interpreted from pride, love, happiness and many others than can take on a range of forms. I can’t encourage you enough to put yourself in situations where you get to experiences emotions in their purest form, where it just consumes you and in that moment of time you have that out of body experience and just be thankful for where you are at this point in time and how you got there.
Life is made of emotions both good and bad. I have heard quoted many times before you need to experience the lows to appreciate the highs and I think that is spot on. To appreciate the best times in life you need a comparison point to appreciate where you have come from.
At the end of this blog I just wanted to take a quick moment to wish one of my best mates Tom Buruma and his gorgeous wife Alex Buruma all the happiness in the world and I couldn’t be happier for them. May the good times keep rolling.