We can be more than one thing.

We can feel more than one thing. We can experience different emotions, together.

We can be both a mess and a masterpiece at the same time.

Wildflower photograph by Leanne Riley

We can often feel like we are meant to be happy or sad, angry or excited . If life is going well, how is it possible to feel down? How can you laugh when the bottom has just fallen out of your world? How can joy and pain co-exist?

Life is multi-layered and so are we.

Photograph taken by Leanne Riley

We are beautifully complex humans and can’t be all of one thing and nothing of another; it is possible to feel like you’re holding one aspect of life all-together while another is falling apart. It is entirely possible to hold different parts of ourselves and our lives, simultaneously and not feel like we have to mend, hide or change the things that aren’t quite fitting into place.

Photograph taken by Leanne Riley

Life is beautiful and hard all at the same time. There are moments that are as clear as night and day, then there is dawn and dusk, where the night and the day come together to create a new experience, neither exclusive. This is what happens when we allow the complexities of life and ourselves to be, a tapestry of dark and light, pain and happiness is created.

It’s ok to be more than one thing.

Published by Leanne Riley

I am a Contractual Trainee Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist. I like to write about emotional well-being, often including art and creativity in my work.

3 thoughts on “We can be more than one thing.

  1. I love this – just beautifully described. The beautiful messy complexity of being human is wonderful when we absolutely embrace it ❤️

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