image of a brain at a train station

image of a brain at a train station

Oh hello there! It’s me, The Laziest Writer™, back again with my latest installment. I actually wrote something last week that’s pretty true to my writing style, which I’d describe as subtle, concise social observations. Has artificial intelligence made any headway in this department? Let’s find out:

I am sitting in a train station and I overhear one woman say to a friend, "Can I, A Person Who Has Suffered No Trauma, Feel Sad?" Please write my internal dialog in a 400-word story that is pleasing to read. I, the narrator, am a relatively happy, successful, modest, but fortunate person who has some disdain for people who constantly navel-gaze. This is the voice that should be narrating the internal dialog.

AI Version 1

As I sit in the train station, I can’t help but overhear the conversation between the two women. One of them poses a question that catches my attention: “Can I, A Person Who Has Suffered No Trauma, Feel Sad?” My internal dialogue begins, and I find myself pondering the complexities of human emotions and the way they manifest in various individuals.

The first thing that strikes me is the idea that a person needs to have experienced trauma to feel sadness. This concept seems to be rooted in a misconception that only those who have faced significant challenges or hardships are allowed to experience emotional turmoil. In my opinion, this is far from the truth. As a relatively happy, successful, modest, but fortunate person, I’ve had my share of ups and downs. Life is a rollercoaster, with moments of pure joy and heart-wrenching sadness. Trauma, while undeniably shaping our emotional landscape, is not the sole prerequisite for experiencing sadness.

It’s also interesting to note that the woman who asked the question seems to be consciously aware of her lack of trauma, which in itself can evoke a sense of sadness.

She might be experiencing what’s known as “survivor’s guilt” or simply grappling with the idea that her life has been relatively easy compared to others. This introspection is essential for growth and understanding, but it can also lead to unnecessary self-criticism and negativity.

As the narrator, I can’t help but feel a slight disdain for those who constantly navel-gaze and search for reasons to justify their emotions. Life is unpredictable, and emotions can arise from a multitude of sources. In the case of the woman in the train station, she’s reminded me that sadness is a natural part of life and can be experienced by anyone, regardless of their past traumas.

So, to answer her question: Yes, a person who has suffered no trauma can still feel sad. Emotions are a natural part of being human, and they can be triggered by a variety of factors – both internal and external. What’s important is to recognize and accept these emotions, and to learn from them as we continue to navigate the complex world of human experience.

AI Version 2

Ugh, here we go again. Another person wondering if they’re allowed to feel sad. Can’t they just get over it already? I mean, I’ve had my fair share of problems too, but I don’t go around moping around and expecting everyone to coddle me.

But wait, what’s this? The woman is saying she hasn’t suffered any trauma? That’s a new one. Usually, people who are feeling sad are always claiming to have had some sort of traumatic experience that’s made them feel that way. But this woman is admitting that she hasn’t? Hmm, maybe she’s not as annoying as I thought.

Still, I can’t help but feel a little skeptical. How can someone who’s had no trauma possibly understand what it’s like to feel truly sad? I mean, I’ve had my share of bad days, but I’ve never been through anything truly terrible. I’ve never lost a loved one, never had to deal with a serious illness, never had to struggle to make ends meet. Compared to some people, I’ve had a pretty easy life.

But then again, maybe that’s not the point. Maybe the woman is just trying to acknowledge that she’s feeling sad, regardless of the reason. Maybe she’s just trying to be honest with herself and her friend.

That takes courage, doesn’t it?

I have to admit, I’ve been guilty of navel-gazing from time to time myself. It’s easy to get caught up in your own thoughts and feelings, especially when things aren’t going exactly as planned. But at some point, you have to snap out of it and remember that life is short, and we’re all just trying to make the best of it.

Perhaps what this woman is doing is actually kind of brave. She’s admitting that she’s feeling sad, even if she doesn’t have a “good” reason to feel that way. She’s being vulnerable, and that takes guts.

As I sit here in this train station, watching the people rush by, I realize that everyone has their own struggles. Some are obvious, like the homeless man on the corner, while others are more hidden, like the woman next to me who’s quietly crying. We all have our own stories, our own battles to fight, and our own ways of coping. Who am I to judge whether someone else’s feelings are valid or not? Maybe the woman’s sadness is a sign that she’s feeling overwhelmed or frustrated, and that’s okay. Maybe she just needs someone to listen and say, “Hey, I’m here for you.”

As I watch the woman and her friend hug goodbye, I realize that maybe I’ve been too harsh on people who navel-gaze.

Maybe it’s not about being weak or selfish, but about being human. We all need to process our emotions sometimes, and that’s okay.

As I get up to board my train, I make a mental note to be more understanding of others. We all have our own struggles, and it’s not my place to judge whether someone else’s feelings are valid or not. Maybe what matters most is that we’re all in this together, and a little empathy can go a long way.


Jillian Conochan

Jillian Conochan is a professional amateur; writing and editing just happen to be two current pursuits. Opinion range: strong to DNGAF.

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