I have spent the past 3 years developing my emotional muscle. Like a physical muscle, I have to stress it, make micro tears in it, and then build it back up stronger than before. Thankfully, life hands all of us lots of stressors, and I am no exception. Each time I encounter stresses that engage my emotions, I have a choice. I can choose to feel my feelings or not. If I choose the former, then I go into it knowing there's gonna be discomfort. I have to break down before I can break through. When I get through it, my emotional muscle is sore and tender, but it will rebuild a little stronger than it was before.