The importance of our emotions

Published 7:00 am Friday, November 13, 2015

Wednesday night, my husband and I watched Pixar’s newest animated film, “Inside Out.”
I heard good things and was excited to check it out. I was pleasantly surprised.
The movie is about an 11-year-old girl who moves from her home in Minnesota to San Francisco.
What makes the movie worth viewing is that filmmakers grant viewers access into the mind of a maturing young person and the emotions that she feels at the time of a great change.
The main characters of the film are Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust, which are some of the main emotions we all feel on a daily basis.
I won’t discuss the entire plot here, but I was impressed with the way the writers utilized each emotion and showed how we need all of them to make us whole.
I couldn’t agree more. I identified the most with Sadness and Disgust, mostly because the character Disgust had some great one-liners and appealed to the pessimist in me.
What I believe the film teaches us is that it’s perfectly fine to experience all of our emotions. Each one brings something to the table of our psyche.
For instance, when I was a child and cried about a scraped knee or a bad day at school to my parents, they brought me into their warm embrace and tried to fill me with joy once again.
Here at the Item, fellow writer Ashley Collins is the ying to my yang. There are times I can hear her humming and she always tries to look on the positive side of a situation, when I, as usual, tend to sway more toward the pessimistic.
I like that; we balance each other out, and I think that makes for a good working relationship.
In my opinion, “Inside Out” is a great flick and worth checking out during your family’s next movie night.

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