March 5, 2021 • ☕️ 3 min read
TL;DR: New Text Document.txt and delete it later
Vent (noun): The release or expression of a strong emotion, energy, etc.
People are dumb. No matter how zen you are at your core, chances are people get on your nerve every once in a while. Its stupid to underestimate people’s stupidity.
People have their own agendas, value systems, beliefs, which are not always aligned to how we want them to be. And its fine. We don’t actually want everybody to be like us. That would be a very boring world indeed.
But once the plateau of frustration passes, we feel something boiling inside our gut and brains. How could he/she? What was he/she thinking? At times like these, its essential to vent. Because that build up anger is doing no one any good. Its like a balloon being filled with gas non-stop. You are the balloon. You know if you don’t release some of it you’re going to burst.
Paper has more patience than a person
This is what I do, I open up my computer, create a new text document and just let myself flow. Depending on how angry I am I write as fast as I’m thinking, make a typo every two words and just keep on slamming the poor keyboard. Figuratively speaking I’m frothing at the mouth and my computer is getting all of it.
I put everything and anything that is bothering me in that document. I bleed on that document. Then I simply delete it. Sometimes I don’t even read over what I’ve written. Just that fact that I’ve released whatever was making me angry and now I can stop focusing on the problem and start focusing on the solution instead is so liberating.
*Bonus point: It might make you better at writing.*
Yeah let’s call it a vent doc who cares.
Deleting the vent document is equally as important. Why would you want to keep that negativity around? Venting means releasing your emotions, not storing it.
This is the main difference between venting it out on paper and venting it out to another person. Paper has more patience and less memory. Whereas if you go and ask a friend to lend you an ear, even if they don’t want to they’ll remember some of the dialogue, which is not very desirable to anyone I think. So vent it out on paper and save yourself from stupid apologies later like ‘Sorry about what I said when I was angry’.
You can also record yourself on audio and video and then try to listen to yourself. If you’re anything like me you’ll get cringed out by your voice so much that you’ll end up deleting it as soon as possible, laugh if off and would’ve released your anger successfully.