I'm a person who has a lot of feelings. It's annoying at times! I sometimes look for reasons that I might have so many feelings. Is it genetic? Is it because I was a fat kid?!
Probably a little of column A, a little of column B. Don't get me wrong, sometimes I love that I'm all full of feelings. It lets you connect with what's really happening in your brain and heart.
Other times I wish I was a robot... Or a Kiwi male farmer in his late 60s who grunts as a greeting and wears stubbies all year round (I'm sure they have feelings too, but you get my point)!
For example, this week I've been thinking about my nana who passed away a few months back. I thought I'd dealt with all my sadness, but no, my feelings kicked in and I got all melancholy for a day or two. It was annoying, because I was busy, but my feelings cared not a jot!
One of the double-edged swords of being part of the 'Feelings People' (FP) is that you struggle to say no to things. It's great because it usually means you get to fill your daily 'I must do something to help' quota. It's not great because it means you never actually stop and do you for a little bit.
Luckily last week went well on the feelings-based yes train! Saying yes to Hair To Train when they asked for a work shout went well... When I dropped the food off I found out they were doing a fundraiser that coming weekend for an assistance dog for an autistic girl in Omokoroa. One of those puppies costs $48,000!
They had award-winning stylists from around the Bay cutting hair all day last Sunday, for a minimum $10 donation.
I also emceed the Western Bay @ Work launch and Young Innovator Awards. Innovation is all about feelings; something needs improvement, a problem needs solving, someone needs help -- that's innovation.
It's pretty comforting to know there are young people in the Bay who are actually looking to make positive change.
Feelings People are my kind of people. Luckily the Bay is stacked with them... maybe we should start a political party? Nah we'd suck, we'd just vote through stuff that felt good or felt 'like the right thing to do'... wouldn't that be just terrible?!
- Will Johnston is host of The Hits 95FM Day Show. Live and local from 9am till 3pm, every weekday in the Bay of Plenty.