Crying Doesn't Make You Weak, It Makes You The Strongest One In The Room

Crying Doesn't Make You Weak, It Makes You The Strongest One In The Room

Even if you hold it in and pretend to be unbothered, you're inevitably going to crack.


Crying helps to release emotions. Have you ever shaken a bottle of soda... vigorously... multiple times… and then opened the cap shortly after?

That, my friends, is what happens if you do not release said emotions. You become triggered by a simple shake of the shoulders.

I tend to be the type of person who doesn't like to open up to just anyone. And, I typically don't do so anyway without some sort of prompting. Nevertheless, I have found this to be an absolutely awful tactic. By not facing any inner demons, as small as some may be, you put a lot of pressure on your chest. Everything builds up and up and up until you can no longer hold it in and you simply burst. Bursts can be a fit of anger or just a flood of tears. Either way, it is not something anyone wants to go through.

Scientifically, crying occurs to rid our eyes of any dust, dirt, or pesky eyelashes that can cause you pain. But, as tacky as this sounds, it really is needed for releasing emotional pains as well. There is absolutely no such thing as being "too tough to cry." News flash: everybody cries. It is when we choose to do so that differs between us.

Of course, I suppose if you're on the complete opposite side of the spectrum and cry at almost anything, that probably isn't too fun for you either. However, at least you have the courage to admit that you do genuinely feel things and aren't afraid to acknowledge your emotions.

Society has both glorified sadness and made it a weakness all in one. But, coming from someone who loves to be happy just as much as the next person, I'm telling you this: crying is essential to our human functions. Like I said before, even if you hold it in and pretend to be unbothered, you're inevitably going to crack — and that's OK! That means you have a soul, congratulations.

I think it's safe to say that it is time to finally own our emotions and to not be ashamed of them. The next time you need to cry, do it. Allow yourself to face your inner struggles, the demons you have been facing, or even the little things that have been upsetting you. Scream into a pillow. Let your mascara streak down your face. I may not be a doctor, but I will be the first one to tell you that it is not healthy to keep everything inside. Do yourself a favor, and cry.

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50 Things To Be Happy About

It's the little things in life.

It is always easier to pick out the negatives in life. We tend to dwell on them and drown out the happy moments. I asked a friend to tell me something that made them happy. They sarcastically laughed at my question then thought about it for a minute. Nothing. But they could easily come up with things that made them unhappy. Then I read them my list, and they were smiling and laughing in agreement the whole time. There are so many more things to be happy and laugh about than we realize. After all- it's the little things in life that can mean the most! Here are 50 things that make me happy. What are your 50?

  1. The first warm day of the year
  2. Laughing so hard your abs ache
  3. Freshly washed sheets
  4. Looking through old pictures
  5. The smell of a coffee shop
  6. Eating cookie dough
  7. Reading a bible verse that perfectly fits your current situation
  8. Seeing someone open a gift you got them
  9. Eating birthday cake
  10. A shower after a long day
  11. Marking something off your to-do list
  12. Drinking ice cold water on a really hot day
  13. Dressing up for no reason
  14. Breakfast food
  15. Being able to lay in bed in the morning
  16. Finding something you love at the store
  17. And it’s on sale
  18. Cute elderly couples
  19. When a stranger compliments you
  20. Getting butterflies in your stomach
  21. Taking a nap
  22. Cooking something delicious
  23. Being lost for words
  24. Receiving a birthday card in the mail
  25. And there's money in it
  26. Finally cleaning your room
  27. Realizing how fortunate you are
  28. Waking up from a nightmare and realizing it wasn't real
  29. Fresh fruit
  30. Walking barefoot in the grass
  31. Singing along to a song in the car
  32. Sunrises
  33. Sunsets
  34. Freshly baked cookies with a glass of milk
  35. Summertime cookouts
  36. Feeling pretty
  37. Looking forward to something
  38. Lemonade
  39. Comfortable silences
  40. Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing you have more time to sleep
  41. Surviving another school year
  42. The cold side of the pillow
  43. The smell of popcorn
  44. Remembering something funny that happened
  45. Laughing to yourself about it
  46. Feeling weird about laughing to yourself
  47. Printed photographs
  48. Wearing a new outfit
  49. The sound of an ice cream truck
  50. Feeling confident
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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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