Hank Green and John Green have a podcast. Like a real one. It’s cool and talks about interesting topics and is the opposite of boring. While months ago I’d heard mention that such a podcast existed, I’d never actually listened in.
Then two days ago @johngreen tweeted out the name of the episode with a soundcloud link. The title? “Grief Is Super Weird.”
And with that I welcome Hank and John to our very weird, but also very “ours” world.
Here are 10 quotes from the podcast that will make you want to listen to this episode:
“It’s weird. My emotions make no sense and they continue to surprise me. I’m learning about myself through this process and what I’m learning is that I ain’t no rational being… Yeah, it’s something else and it sucks.”
“No matter what kind of grief you experience, one of my main conclusions from grief is that grief is super weird. And that if you try to judge yourself within the process of grief you’re only going to complicate matters because it’s complex and weird and I would argue that there aren’t a lot of wrong ways to do it. You just kind of gotta let yourself be yourself.”
“Grief is inherently complicated.”
“One of the things that’s complicated about it is that when you talk about someone who has died leaving you a legacy, part of that legacy [may be] a physical house and that is a great blessing. It doesn’t make the death any less horrible. It doesn’t make the loss any less horrible.”
“I think the only way to deal with those awkward situations is to acknowledge that they are awkward.”
“There’s some awkwardness not just in inequality in material wealth, but in inequality in experience. It can feel very scary and very uncomfortable to talk to someone who has lost something that is unusual to have lost at the age that you are.”
“Don’t just do something, stand there.” (A tip on how to be a good listener.)
“There’s just something about having someone else validate your feelings that’s very powerful.”
“It’s very difficult to know what you feel all the time and so sometimes you just need to talk about it just so that you can know.” (#truth)
“Grief is complicated. You shouldn’t judge yourself for it. You should just go on.”
Like what you read? Listen to the entire episode here: