“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before” – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
“You know that a good, long session of weeping can often make you feel better, even if your circumstances have not changed one bit” – The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
It’s ironic, perhaps, that crying is one of the best ways to make ourselves feel better when crying actually epitomises those intense, tough, problematic, nostalgic moments. Obviously, it isn’t healthy to find oneself in the situation where you are always crying and one shouldn’t feel the necessity to cry just because you feel like you need to, but there is something so cathartic and satisfying about crying. I find it sad when people feel ashamed of crying or weakened by crying, because crying is natural. Not to cry is to bottle up your feelings, and that’s not healthy either. Crying means that you’ve recognised the importance of something in your life, whether its something you’ve lost or something you are trying to achieve or gain. A session of crying is ultimately what clears your head and makes you realise that it is time to set a plan into action and move on. If you feel the need to cry, I would just let yourself; no shame and no harm.