judith guest

Feelings are scary, and sometimes they’re painful. But if you can’t feel pain then there’s no way you’ll feel anything else either. You’re here and you’re alive, and don’t tell me you don’t feel that…It is good, believe me.
—  Judith Guest, Ordinary People
‘When’s the last time you got really mad?’
He says, carefully, 'When it comes, there’s always too much of it. I don’t know how to handle it.’
'Sure, I know,’ Berger says. 'It’s a closet full of junk. You open the door and everything falls out.’
'No,’ he says. 'There’s a guy in the closet. I don’t even know him, that’s the problem.’
'Only way you’re ever gonna get to know him,’ Berger says, 'is to let him out now and then. Along with the boots, and tennis rackets, stale bread, whatever you got stored up there. You go through it, you sort it out, you throw some of it away. Then you stack up the rest, nice and neat. Next time it won’t be such a big deal.’
'I don’t have the energy,“ he says.
'Kiddo, you got any idea how  much energy it takes to hold the door closed like you do? That’s power. Your own personal power and noody else’s.’
'Sometimes,’ he says, 'when you let yourself feel, all you feel is lousy.’
Berger nods. 'Maybe you gotta feel lousy sometime, in order to feel better. A little advice, kiddo, about feeling. Don’t think too much about it. And don’t expect it always to tickle.
—  Judith Guest, Ordinary People

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