About the Author’s Childhood Fears of Crying in Public

Many people have fears about being emotional in social situations, but for me it’s a fear about crying in public. I remember when I was really young, around second grade or so, and we were watching an episode of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” that had a sad moment before the episode ended. That was all it took for me to burst into tears and run out of the room as quickly as possible without even saying goodbye to my little sister. I did not understand the concept of crying in public. However, I think I understand it more now. It is one of the few things that I can’t do socially, but it still isn’t a fear–it’s only embarrassing. – Somer

cry just before the guest of honor
cry just before the guest of honor

Life Lessons Learned from Public Crying Stories

As I got older, that fear of crying in public never fully left me. Most of my life, I’ve tried to avoid situations where I’d have to cry in front of other people. In the past I’ve been afraid to cry at funerals, weddings, or even Disney movies. But we all know these are some of the most memorable moments in life. So I’ve decided to do a little research to find out why. The more I’ve learned, the more I think I understand why we fear showing emotion in public; this was a golden opportunity to get over this fear.

cry just before the guest of honor
cry just before the guest of honor

Conclusion: Stop Being a Weakling and Embrace Your Fear

I used to try and pretend that I didn’t have a fear of crying in public. That way, I could be strong and keep my emotions in check. But I’ve realized that pretending is only postponing the inevitable. So I’ve decided to share one of the most memorable moments in my life. I’ve chosen to cry in public so that you can learn from my experience.
It was a rainy spring day in my college town. I was sitting in my favorite cafe, sipping coffee and reading a book. I was supposed to meet up with my friends from the class next door, but they were late and I was just too comfortable to move.

cry just before the guest of honor
cry just before the guest of honor