why do we hide our tears from the world 2012Why do we hide our tears from the world?

We hide our tears –

because we don’t want to appear weak

because when we appear weak, other people would avoid us

because they don’t want to be affected by our weakness

and when they leave us, we just become even lonelier than before

 

We hide our tears –

because we don’t want to lose our credibility

with the people who trust us and depend on us

because when they see us crying, they’d think we’re crumbling

and when we crumble, they’d have no one to lean on to anymore

 

We hide our tears –

because we don’t want to appear hurt

because when our loved ones see how hurt we are, they’d get hurt as well

and we don’t want to see them hurt

because we’d only get hurt the more

 

I’ve hidden my tears for quite a while, ‘til there came a time when I  surrendered,  and I set them free – I let them overflow, and I’ve realized, I don’t want to hide my tears anymore.

 

I don’t want to hide my tears anymore –

because I want to show others how much I understand their tears,

and in so doing, help them feel they’re not alone;

because I want to show one doesn’t have to be perfect all the time,

just so you can be strong;

because I want others to understand me,too, in my hurts,

trusting they can also be strong, and that they could also love me for who I am,

not for who I could be or pretend to be.

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” – Washington Irving

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