Do you keep your sorrows to yourself, or share them with those around you?

1890 Old Man in Sorrow by van Gogh

“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.” ― William Shakespeare, Macbeth

15 thoughts on “Do you keep your sorrows to yourself, or share them with those around you?

  1. Writing is wonderful in the way it gives our sorrow a place to sit, change, be given the respect it is due. Thanks for the food for thought, Vincent.

  2. Writing is a place for me rather then an action. Its one of the only places other then my music where I can alleviate my sadness and transform it into something beautiful. Sorrow is such a raw emotion that it consumes us like an ocean, and to be able to put pen to paper where there is no judgement is something wonderful.

  3. I used to be one for keeping it to myself which resulted in quite a bit of self destructive behavior. Now I would rather get it out. Whether I speak to people or just write about it, I still feel better. It’s just finding who you can trust to talk to and to make you feel better. And sometimes it’s knowing who will give you a good kick up the backside and make you start to overcome your issues.

  4. Interesting question, and one I’ve been pondering a lot lately. Personally, I’m in the ‘nobody wants to hear it’ camp, but I’ve been told that by not discussing it, I’m somehow lying to myself and others (when, really, my goal was only to be as positive as possible given any situation.) I’ve been thinking about a post related to this topic and would like to link to your question, if that’s ok.

  5. I’ve never had anyone I could talk to about what makes my heart hurt, and I guess I never really let anyone see that side of me that was hurting. I let it build up and eventually I got to a point were I really felt a need to start letting some of it out, releasing it out into the world, into ears that would listen. Unfortunately I could no longer find willing ears. Only recently I decided to put it all out there on the internet, letting that voice within free. It’s helped me substantially considering the years of baggage I was carrying and I don’t think I could have held more of it within either!


  6. When interacting with friends I share some things but not all. I have used this place, WordPress to share some of my more thoughtful moments. Moments that I would not be able to share in person. This format gives me a chance to unload without judgement or confrontation. One of my blogs The View from my head, is exactly that. The world as I see it at that time. Writing allows me to be be. It is a release. Thank you for this thoughtful question.

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