Aloha Friday: Man Enough To Cry

There are days when the various pressures I face get to be too much.  Though I try to keep a strong, stable face to the world, I’ll often feel like I just want to retreat to a dark corner and cry for a few hours.  With that feeling invariably comes a small voice that tells me “Real men don’t cry.  Real men hide their feelings and show as little emotion as possible.”

I know that society tells us that men who cry are wimps and guys who push their feelings down deep are strong, but I think it’s the other way around.  I’ve done the whole hide-what-you-are feeling thing.  It doesn’t make you strong.  It just makes bad feelings fester in you until they either explode or poison you (or your relationships).  I think men who are comfortable enough to cry are the stronger of the two groups.  They’re the ones who stand up to the Real Man Stereotype and shatter it.

My Aloha Friday question for today is: Do you think any less of a man if he admits that he cries?  Also, have you ever felt like hiding in a dark corner and crying?  What do you do when you feel this way?

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Aloha Friday by Kailani at An Island Life

Aloha #114