When was the last time you cried?
It’s unfortunate that crying is painted as a sign of weakness. But that’s so far from the truth. People cry for many reasons: for some, it’s therapeutic and cleansing, for others, it’s a process of healing, for many more it’s signifies freedom and letting go. Crying can mean a thousand and one thing, and weakness isn’t one of them.
When a child is born and a mother let out a cry of relief: is that weakness ? No.
When a new born cries to mark their presence into the world: is that weakness? No.
When a loved one returns home safely after serving their country and their family let out a cry of joy: is that weakness? No.
When you’ve invested time and effort into a project and finally receive a victorious outcome that leads to tears: is that weakness? No.
When two love birds exchange vows and tear drop suddenly follows: is that weakness? No.
When you’ve been heartbroken and cried yourself to sleep for days: is that weakness? No.
When you lose a loved one to the sudden chance of death and you cry: is that weakness? No.
When you’ve been away from home for long and finally return to a tasty home cooked meal surrounded by family and cry from the overwhelming love: is that weakness? No.
Crying will never be a sign of weakness. That crying has been tied with ‘weakness’ is a mere social construct–a fallacious social construct. Don’t let society fool you. It’s only weakness when you feel the need to cry, but then hold back because ‘society says.’ Now, that’s weak. It takes strength to cry–lots of it. Trust me, I know. So you see, there’s nothing remotely weak about allowing your body release all that water.
Sometimes all we need is a good cry:
Especially to my male readers, who society has drown into your ears that ‘Men don’t cry.’ Allow me remind you that crying doesn’t make you weak, and doesn’t make you any less of a man. It simply makes you human.
Cry, if you must.
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