Recently, a good friend of mine and I were drinking some wine and dancing around her house. We both hit a point where we became tired and she suggested playing a different type of music. As the sad songs played, we ended up in tears. I was laying on my back, her next to me, while we grabbed each other’s arms and sobbed the night away. The definition of “catharsis” is “the purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, especially through certain kinds of art, as tragedy or music”
It’s normal to cry. It’s healthy. It’s real and it’s part of the human experience. What’s better is when you have someone to cry with you. The vulnerability that my friend and I provided to each other was a gift. In that moment, we both accepted that we were in pain. We were able to comfort each other in ways that another person couldn’t. From the outside, we were strong and okay. Deep down, we needed a release. We needed the chance to be vulnerable.