Hello! It’s me, the Doctor!
In the flesh!
Well- well… the typeface, actually. Funny how that works — interacting in an online social platform is sort of like interacting font to font… typeface-to-typeface rather than face-to-face…
It’s recently come to my attention that you- you people, you humans, and probably potentially non-humans (I can’t very well keep track of all of your identities!), have been forgetting just how important you are.
And now I’m sure some of you are thinking, as you glance over this, “Oh, it’s the Doctor, he can’t be talking about me, I’m not important at all, he must be talking about somebody else.” Except- I’m not! I know exactly who I’m talking about, and what I’m talking about— I’m the Doctor; it’s what I do.
You know, in between all the rambling about and problem-solving of things I don’t know about but that- that is not the point.
The point is, I do know people. 1200 years on, you do manage to pick up a thing or two or twelve. You learn what’s universal, and what’s specific to individuals. And so I’m here to tell you the universal truth that everybody seems to think is individualistic: you are important. Your emotions matter. Your achievements, no matter how big or small, are magnificent. Even your failures! Failures are essential, you know, in learning to do better. Celebrate them, learn from them, master them!
But most importantly of all, stop thinking that what you feel isn’t worth consideration. I know, you live in a society that’s still learning and growing about a lot of things, and people can be cruel about so many things that, for many people, countless people, are a part of their everyday struggle. You get upset, and the odds are somebody will be there to tell you that you’re just ‘overreacting’, or blowing something out of proportion.
Well, bull on them, frankly. Because, you know, you are allowed to be upset, and to show that you’re upset. You’re allowed to be angry, and frustrated, and stressed. You’re allowed to be happy, or scared, or excited, or anxious, or however the hell you feel.
And, you know what else? You don’t have to validate your reasons for feeling that way to anybody. Because they’re your emotions, not theirs, and if you’re feeling it, then it’s valid. People will challenge it, and try to tell you you’re wrong, but you are really, really not.
The thing with the people of your planet, and countless other burgeoning societies in the universe, is that you forget that emotions are good. That without the negative, you wouldn’t have as much a recognition for the positive.
Without sadness and tears, what would happiness and laughter mean to you? It would just be a- thing. A thingy thing that happens, but that you don’t really appreciate. That without fear, you wouldn’t be able to encourage bravery (aha- haha! Haaa… encourage) in yourself, and in others.
So the next time somebody tells you that you’re overreacting, or that you shouldn’t take things so seriously, you just give them a look— like this one, here, perhaps-
-and walk away. Because you’re reacting in just the right way for you, and that is fine. You may react differently to certain things than other people, but that doesn’t make your reaction wrong and theirs right, or even vice-versa. It’s just you, and you being you.
Your importance is staggering. Being yourself and reacting in your own way is momentous. Because nobody in this universe is quite like you, and that?— that is something to be valued.
Carry on, Tumblr. And care for yourselves along the way.