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Sadness: Yeah.

How does one explain? Where does one begin? One beginning is inevitably another ending. And so it goes.

 I am sad. I am not depressed, clinically or otherwise, but I am truly, deeply, and intensely sad. I am sad because of a loss experienced. I don’t want to get into the messy details, because they are not important here.

 I am just sad. I am just plain sad. And I am not going to worry about it right now. I am just going to revel in the feeling.

 Sadness is an okay emotion. It’s an alright feeling to have. I think without it, I wouldn’t be human. I wouldn’t have the rich experiences of life I’ve had. I don’t look forward to the sad times, I don’t ask for them. But I accept them nonetheless. Why rail against things you can’t change? Why rail against the unknown?

 I don’t know. I don’t understand. That bothers me, makes me upset. But I also know that sometimes, life doesn’t have simple answers to questions we ask. Maybe never has those answers. Can be a very frustrating experience. I’ll accept that for a while, but I also know I can’t change it.

 On top of it, I’m alone. I’m in a stranger in a strange land. I’m thousands of miles away from my family, and have no friends to speak of here yet. That’s okay too. I know that’ll change in time, as I get to know people, hang out with them more. Enjoy the experience.

 It’s all a part of life. It’s painful, unexpected. But I guess we have to take the bad with the good, or what’s the point? I hate it as much as the next person, but I guess I accept it. What choice is there, really?

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Sadness: Yeah.

John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder & CEO of Psych Central. He is an author, researcher and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues -- as well as the intersection of technology and human behavior -- since 1992. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member and treasurer of the Society for Participatory Medicine. He writes regularly and extensively on mental health concerns, the intersection of technology and psychology, and advocating for greater acceptance of the importance and value of mental health in today's society. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.

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Grohol, J. (2016). Sadness: Yeah.. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 16, 2018, from


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