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Watch This Old Man Cry

I love watching people get surprised. Show me a soldier coming home from war, pregnancy announcements, wrestlers making their grand return, cameos, Oprah giving away cars. Show me all of them so I can cry for days at all the beautiful joy.

This might be my favorite video of a man being surprised. His reaction is so sweet and pure.

There’s a whole subreddit dedicated to videos of Happy Crying Dads because there is something special about a grown man weeping. It’s not something you get to see (because we don’t do enough to spread the message that crying is cool). I think this video would fit right in there.

Crying is Cool

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I CRY ALL THE TIME. I tweeted the other day that I’m not emotionally prepared for Christmas and I was not joking. There’s something about the holiday season that makes me so sensitive to just how beautiful everything is.

On my house show tour, one of the first questions I’d ask to break the ice during a show was “how many people here do you think have cried today?” Usually we’d get pretty low guesses like 2 or 3. I’d say “you don’t have to say why but if you cried today would you just raise your hand?” and we’d usually get 7-10 hands up.

We all cry! We cry all the time! It’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Sure, you look really ugly when you do it but so does everyone. No one looks attractive when they cry.

Shame tells us to hide our emotions but there are trustworthy people in your life you can share your most vulnerable moments with. You don’t have to choke back those tears all the time. There are moments you can let them fall freely!

I used to feel so weird about crying. I hated it. There’s a whole track on my album, Don’t Panic, all about why I hate crying. But I’ve completely changed.

Crying is not just ok. Crying is cool.

I love finding out what makes people cry. One time at a house show a woman told me she cries every time she watches The Price is Right. Whenever the announcer calls someone down from the audience to play, she cries because she’s so happy for them. Isn’t that so sweet? I wish I cried about cool stuff like that. I mostly just cry listening to podcasts.