Don’t Rush to Cover Them Up


Photo credit Humans of New York.

I came across this on Reddit a couple weeks back and it’s been rattling around in my head ever since. It’s from Humans of New York, a blog that tells stories about random people in New York based on little snippets of conversations with them.

They’re all pretty neat, but this one was so convicting I feel compelled to share it. The photo is on the left, and here’s the caption that came with it:

“If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?”
“Try your best to deal with life without medicating yourself.”
“You mean drugs?”
“I mean drugs, food, shopping, money, whatever. I ain’t judging anybody, either. I was hooked on heroin for years. But now I’ve learned that every feeling will pass if you give it time. And if you learn to deal with your feelings, they’ll pass by faster each time. So don’t rush to cover them up, or you’re never gonna learn.”

Am I crazy, or is this profound? I feel like I’ve spent much of my life trying to fix or avoid negative feelings, when many of those cures (smoking, cutting myself, eating, etc.) have been self abusive in nature. There’s something so incredible to me about recognizing that feelings don’t last. Negative feelings will eventually change, and there’s no sense beating myself up to avoid them.



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