People are sharing “childish” things they love, and honestly, it sounds like a blast

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“Maybe it’s also because I’m a guy, but I feel like as soon as I stopped being a kid, I was only allowed to cry at the funeral. Even When you are a child, there are always adults who tell you no crying, that crying is for babies, and you have to be a “big kid.” My girlfriend once made fun of me because I cried during the opening sequence of At the top because it reminded me of my own recently deceased grandfather. As if that wasn’t enough, he also helped raise me after my dad left when I was a kid. Even after explaining all this to her, I could see that she was still holding back a laugh. It was the same girlfriend who two weeks later (not sure why I stayed with her after she laughed at me) asked why I had “never opened up” to her. Maybe it’s because the one time I tried, you laughed at me!”

—Anonymous, 26, Wisconsin

“I started to treat crying as an accomplishment. I’ve bottled up my emotions for most of my life, and it wasn’t until recently with therapy that I started feeling emotions without feeling guilty. or weak. There’s a physical catharsis that accompanies crying, and while it doesn’t necessarily solve your problems, it does help release things that you might be keeping locked away. When I cry about something, I acknowledge that I care about something and that my feelings are valid.

—Anonymous, 34, NJ

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