To say we have plenty to scream about these days is an understatement.
In my opinion, when people think about screaming, they think about the over-the-top shrieks in horror movies and the voices of protesters flooding through crowded streets.
I think about all of the times I’ve screamed while playing exterminator to gigantic bugs on my white wall and envision the sound of the crowd when I saw Astroworld live in concert.
It’s a very misunderstood action in society. There are far more negative scenarios than positive ones where screaming is considered a reasonable response. That only makes it harder for new beliefs about ‘healthy screaming’ to break through.
There’s a universal message behind screaming that we don’t talk about or acknowledge very often. We were taught not to scream unless it’s necessary because it would make people question our safety. According to societal standards, we could come across as being obnoxious or immature, among other subjections of judgement. For example, if I were to scream in aisle 5 of my local grocery store, I would definitely receive an overwhelming amount of concerned stares.
This is really fucking ironic to me.
Think about how we entered this world- screaming.
As we were propelled from the womb, the first thing to come out of our mouths was an ear-screeching scream-cry that undoubtedly sounded horrific (and traumatizing to my mother).
We were newborns that had just taken our first breath of oxygen, and it probably sucked. Although I can’t remember how it felt to float in the sac of fluid I marinated in for almost 10 months, I’m sure it was an adjustment going from that serene personal sauna to breathing polluted hospital air.
Now that we’re older and still breathing that same air, there’s an immediate negative reaction around letting out this particular projection of sound.
That infuriates me to my core.
There have been so many moments in my life where I’ve wanted (no, needed) to scream until my throat burned and my lungs completely deflated of oxygen. I'm sure you can relate.
In my opinion, it’s okay to scream.
Honestly, it’s more than okay. Screaming at the top of your lungs about what’s on your mind might be one of the most therapeutic ways to feel better.