By: Brandy Miller, IATG ContributorAugust 26, 2016
I’ve been labeled a drama queen by those around me. Many people think this, because they view crying as a weakness. I cry, and, therefore, they find me weak. But that’s not the case at all. Crying makes you stronger, because it shows your human side. Crying is a healthy way of expressing yourself, and it’s often a stress reliever.
So why are we so often judged for expressing ourselves in a healthy way? Why is crying viewed negatively? When someone tries to label me and tries to hurt my feelings, I let the tears flow. I will sit up in my room and cry, because I am human. I am a human being with feelings, and so are you.
We’re taught that crying makes us weak, and we should bottle up our emotions. But wouldn’t that make things worse? If we keep our feelings inside, it’ll eventually lead us to exploding with emotion. So if I had to choose, I would rather cry it out then keep everything inside.
I am twenty-seven years old, and I cry when I need to. I’m not ashamed to admit that. I’m not ashamed to cry, and you shouldn’t be either. Crying makes you stronger; it doesn’t make you weaker. When you feel the need to cry, for whatever reason, let it out. Let the tears come out.
Don’t be afraid to feel what you’re feeling inside.
You’re not being dramatic, and you’re not being a cry baby. You’re being human.
Be proud of that emotional part inside of you. I AM THAT GIRL encourages women of all ages to love and express themselves. Crying is a way of doing that. So here’s to you being the strong young woman that you are.
Holding back emotion? Let it out TODAY! Cry, yell, laugh, whatever you need to do to release what you’re feeling. Be emotional. Be you.
I am a recent Lincoln Land Community College graduate certified in Word Processing and Spreadsheet Applications. In my spare time I spend time with my nephew, journal, do yoga, and volunteer through my local church.