In our society, men aren’t supposed to show a whole lot of emotion and they’re definitely not supposed to cry…at least not in public.
But, guess what? Men cry, too. Even if we try to keep it hidden from everyone, it happens.
The males of AskReddit opened up about the last time they let the waterworks flow.
1. Always very hard.
“I had to put my cat down yesterday, that sucked.”
2. A sad story.
“My marriage was on the verge of collapse when my ex-wife got a job offer in another state. She had been unemployed for some time so she had to take the job. We decided I should stay behind since I had a steady job and divorce was inevitable. My wife moved out and the kids stayed with me until she got a home in her new city.
Taking my kids to the airport and putting them on a plane to move away from me was soul crushing. I held it together until they boarded. Once they got on the plane I lost my sh^t.
My kids only lasted a few months with mom before packing up and moving back to live with me.”
3. “Might go cry again.”
“Sunday. Wife has sudden onset of insomnia and anxiety since christmas which has started to trigger panic attacks. She had one while i was at work and called me. When I was free to call back my son answered the phone. I was sobbing listening to my 6 year old talk her through the breathing exercises we had practised. That kid gets ice cream for life, no questions asked. And I might go cry again.”
4. That’s harsh.
“My ex fiance left me after I spent 9 days in the hospital battling duel pnuemonia and almost dying.”
5. Totally lost it.
“I was tucking in my 7 year old daughter a couple of months ago, and she told me that she was worried about me dying before her (i’m only 42 and healthy). So I had a conversation about how old I am likely to live and that she will be an adult when I die. Then she said “but when you do die will you help me, because I need you so much.” and I lost it.”
6. Sorry for your loss.
“Months ago when my best friend was found dead in his car after a week long search for him. Turned out he killed himself.”
7. Childhood dog.
“I’ve teared up a few times, but last time I legitimately cried was in 2010 when we put my childhood dog down. I was a senior in high school, we had him since I was in 1st grade (1998). He was my first and only childhood dog, a Siberian husky and I feel like we grew up in that house together. He had some cancerous tumor in his stomach that was spreading rather quick, and the attempt at removing didn’t go so well as they couldn’t get it all.
We decided as a family to let him go peacefully so he didn’t have to suffer as they promised us it would continue to grow and possibly cause him severe pain in the near future. I’ll never forget holding him in my arms in that room as the vet asked me if I was ready for the moment. When she injected him I felt his entire body sink into my arms, he was lifeless in an instant. I was so happy he went peacefully without pain, my best friend growing up.
I’ve never expressed my emotions from that moment to anyone besides my parents and my current girlfriend. Whenever I think back to that moment I get teary eyed but I’m happy I was there for him in his final moments, I wouldn’t change a thing if I could go back in time. Please try and be there for your pet if you ever have to make such a decision.”
8. A happy story.
“A few weeks ago, when one of my best friends told me he’s going to be a dad.
I can go for months and months without shedding a single tear, but these news got me really emotional, in the best sense of the word.
This has been an eye-opening experience for me, as I had no idea I was capable of feeling such things.”
9. Didn’t have to yell.
Was yelling at my kids because they were misbehaving and I put them to bed early.
Broke down afterwards and cried on the stairs. Knew I didn’t have to yell as much and said some unnecessary things.
Wife talked with me on the stairs and it turned into a turning point in my life and I’m doing much better with the discipline.”
“While I held my 4 year old daughter in my arms and realized there was nothing that I could do to save her from dying from mitochondrial disease. I don’t think I had ever cried so hard before or since. 7 years later it still haunts me – but time does make it less painful.”
11. Lost it.
“When my gf broke up with me through a phone call after 6 years. Just couldn‘t hold it together.”
12. New member of the family.
“My daughter was born the start of last year. Think I must have cried for a solid hour.”
13. Fingers crossed.
“Last week at our first ultrasound. Wife and I have had two miscarriages and we had an appointment and saw the heartbeat. This little peanut has stuck around the longest so far. Fingers crossed.”
14. An emotional guy.
“I’m more emotional than your standard guy. I’ll tear up fairly frequently, even at movies and the like. Usually with things involving loss of parents.
Last time I would say I actually cried-cried was when I decided it was time to go to a therapist and in the initial meeting was just offloading all the reasons I decided to come and why I thought I might have a touch of depression. (I’m doing much better now)
Last time I straight out ugly-cried/sobbed was when they put my mother’s casket into the vault at the mausoleum, almost 5 years ago now, while hugging the hell out of my brother.”
15. Keep moving forward.
“Last year on my birthday, because I made it this far and some of my friends did not.”
Some interesting answers in that AskReddit article, that’s for sure.
Alright fellas, time to spill the beans. When’s the last time you cried and why?
Share with us in the comments!