Your boyfriend just broke up with you. You’re attending your father’s funeral. You can’t take the loneliness and despair so you weep in bed at night.
People cry for myriad reasons — from stress, pleasure, anger, sadness and suffering, to physical pain. Sometimes it’s good to let the water works flow freely because when you hold your emotions so tightly wound up inside, you become stifled. While crying might make us feel better in the moment, it doesn’t erase the cause of our distress.
There are moments in life, some devastating experiences, that force you to confront your biggest fears and nightmares. Perhaps you just found out that your fiancé of five years is leaving you. You can’t bear the thought of being alone, so you cry. You cry until you feel like there couldn’t possibly be any more tears. You cry when the cancer comes back. You cry when faced with impossible familial decisions. You cry because there’s nothing left to do.