Yesterday's post was a pretty heavy one in which a lot of crying happened. One of my friends, as we were discussing it on FaceBook, said that she always ends up in tears, too, and wondered why that is. Why is that our outlet? Would it be healthier to scream into a pillow?!
Everything seems to turn to tears for me -- happy, sad, weddings, funerals, babies, public speaking, my son's pre-kindergarten evaluation. Seriously, I stood out in the hallway with tears streaming down my face watching him count with his new teacher. Me when I'm pregnant? Crazy town. I sobbed for about an hour when detective Bobby Simone on NYPD Blue died. I cried for four hours when my dear sweet sister gave me a hideous haircut (that was my poor husband Dan's first introduction to crazy Tomi). On the flipside, my family's favorite sport was to see who could get me laughing, because it would inevitably lead to me crying uncontrollably. Yeah, glad I could entertain you guys...
You may have already seen this -- it's all over FB and the morning TV shows -- but Kristen Bell was on Ellen yesterday talking about her emotional meltdown over getting to interact with a sloth for her birthday (the fulfillment of a lifelong dream). It's pretty darn hilarious:
Ah, another member of the crying club. I love how she described her crying zone as anything outside 3-7 on the emotional scale. I'm with you, Kristen. (Except when I'm pregnant, which I would say is anything outside the 4-5 range.)
Crying is not a negative thing -- I think it's just one way to release emotional stress. Dan (my husband) prefers to "criticize invisible liberals" while "yelling at the windshield like a moron" on his drive home. That's his outlet. Yelling always makes me feel worse instead of better, so that wouldn't work for me. Some people have physical outlets (Dan also likes to lift a lot of weight at the gym when he's frustrated). Some people have a hobby that lets them escape. For me, that's arts and crafts and DIY projects. Hmm, I haven't made a lot of time for that lately -- maybe that's a contributing factor to my recent trip into yuckville.
At any rate, I think we should give ourselves a break if we're criers. It just means our hearts are full to overflowing, right? Overflowing right out of our eyeballs.
I also really love these two graphics I found via Pinterest.
(A very kind commenter named Gretchen also left that last thought in the comments yesterday. Thank you!)