It was difficult for me to deal with other people’s emotions because I didn’t know how to deal with my own in a healthy way. I think it bothered me when my children cried when they were sad, hurt, or afraid because it felt like I was like looking into a mirror and seeing something I wasn’t willing to do myself.
One of the things that I learned growing up is not to show my emotions. Sometimes we can hide our feelings pretty well, but when it comes to sadness that’s a hard one to keep inside for too long. Sometimes that sadness creeps out in places where you didn’t know it would come out.