The singer said that she hopes her emotional outpouring helps others find motivation to acknowledge their feelings.
Singer Jessie J became teary in an emotional Instagram video that showed her working out her feelings at the piano during an “off day.”
The video was posted on Sunday (Feb. 24). In a lengthy caption, the “Nobody’s Perfect” singer explained why she shared her vulnerable moment on social media.
“I’m not posting this for sympathy. Im posting this for anyone who needs to see it (I needed it),” she wrote. “This video is from yesterday I woke up. Feeling kinda off. I sat at the piano (which I’ve been avoiding) knowing it will bring some stuff up. I’m making it up and feeling my real feelings.”
Jessie said she went live to share the moment, not knowing that she would end up crying.
“But it’s important to be open that we are not always done up and feeling 100. All of us have our days. Yesterday was one of my weird emotional days,” she wrote.
Jessie said that she hopes other people will find motivation to acknowledge their feelings.
“In a time and a world (especially the social world) where sadly vulnerability is often seen as weakness where the younger generation are almost being taught to hide their real feelings behind a perfected edited image. Hence why anxiety and depression in kids is through the roof and only carries to their adult life if it doesn’t change.”
She pointed to the high suicide rate, particularly among young men, and seemed to say that expressing emotion is one way to combat it.
“We push our feelings to the bottom of our energy and hope it goes away. It won’t. Don’t define yourself on it. But stand with it, process it and learn from it. Find YOUR happiness. No one can make you happy but you. People can contribute. But ultimate happiness comes from within. It’s a personal journey,” she said.
She called on people to find a way to cope with their emotions—through exercise, creativity or anything else that works.
“To anyone young or older. Let your sadness / pain / Greif [sic] out. In your OWN way. Ever noticed so many people apologise as soon as they start to cry these days? Like it’s an inconvenience to FEEL. Draw. Sing. Paint. Walk. Write. Drive. Work out. Be still. Whatever it is that let’s you understand and process your real emotions do it.”
Most importantly, people should reach out for help when they need to, she said.
“TALK to people you love when you are down. Please do not suffer in silence. Life is way too short and ALWAYS GETS BETTER. I’m thinking of you and sending love to your heart.”