I’m teaching a class on anger management at HD, which is PERFECT for me, because I desperately need to learn how to express my anger.
I am an emotionally repressed person. I mean, duh, I’m a Protestant. We do a lot of things well, but sharing our feelings is not one of them. And anger might be one of the worst emotions to feel (after lust, of course, but no Protestant experiences lust). This anger-aversion can be REALLY PROBLEMATIC when situations call for someone to stand up and furiously say, “THIS CANNOT BE HAPPENING.”
Case in point: last Saturday. It was, ironically, the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Ever since I gained an appreciation for the rhythms of celebrating Holy Week (or at least…the end of it), I try to pretend on those Saturdays that Jesus is super dead. So five days ago, I stood on the metro platform and thought, “All of life is a horror; there is no hope of anything getting any better.” (Pro tip: Celebrating the full Easter cycle is a GREAT way to get out your most embarrassingly depressing thoughts.)
So after that cheery sentiment, I got in a car and wandered down a couple seats until I found a relatively empty section. I sat down catty-corner to an old man and pulled out my Kindle. Continue reading