During our entire life, we are being discouraged to freely express our emotions, and we are being told that crying is a sign of weakness and a reason for shame. Yet, crying is our body’s natural way to respond to strong pain, sadness, and joy.
Over time, we learn to swallow the tears and express ourselves in a more suitable manner. But some people seem to be unable to hold back their tears when at the cinema or in a theatre, and they are often considered to be emotionally weak.
However, we are here to break these stereotypes, as these people are apparently much stronger than we believe. Namely, they are highly empathic and tend to identify with other people, trying to understand their feelings and motivations.
Empathy is a crucial aspect of emotional intelligence, and this ability is prominent among great leaders and highly successful individuals. These people are mentally tough and know how to relate to others and share their pain, grief, or happiness. Moreover, they are more generous and sociable.
When we step into a character’s shoes and envision a different reality, we develop into more open-minded and understanding individuals, and we become increasingly compassionate in our interactions with others.
Let’s remember Roger Ebert’s words of wisdom:
“We live in a box of space and time. Movies are windows in its walls. They allow us to enter other minds, not simply in the sense of identifying with the characters, although that is an important part of it, but by seeing the world as another person sees it.”
Therefore, next time you feel like crying or see someone crying while watching a movie, take these things in mind and stop judging. Also, if you feel emotional too, do not hold back the waterworks, but feel free to shed a tear instead.