dealing with negative energy

Words & Art by Nicola Roberts

In the past, when I have felt “bad vibes” from a group of people around me, this is how it translates. Energy bearing down on me; threatening to expel my hope. When I’ve found myself in these moments, I take the time to look around at the people and their own happiness, often finding it wanting and dull.

It’s not that these people are any more than me, nor are they less. Just different. These are not my people. Now, being a lesbian, non-meat eating woman with high levels of cognitive empathy not surprisingly I find myself in this situation more often than I would willingly choose. But I’m lucky I can spin on my heels and walk away. I’m aware that some people are not afforded that luxury. To these people, I’ll share a quote from Lao Tzu: 

"Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner."

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