A year in review is generally saved for celebrating accomplishments. Most take the opportunity acknowledge their hard work and achievements. Personally, when I look back on 2018, I recall a year filled with both victory and defeat.
Since I’m prone to weeping at either occasion, I figured “why not choose the latter to plot my own memorable benchmarks?”
Yes. I do cry all the time. Sometimes it’s joy. Sometimes it’s because of normal hard stuff that I’m experiencing personally. Sometimes it’s because I’m stressed and overwhelmed. Sometimes it’s empathy overload. Sometimes it’s frustration with politics, the environment, and the state of the world. You know, the usual.
Crying is normal. Crying in public, while nothing to be ashamed of, is less…normal. While I’m okay at hiding it — when I want to — I often don’t care enough to be subtle. I find a good wail really overpowers any sense of modesty and decorum (in the moment, at least). Maybe you’ve even been one of the unfortunate souls to witness my weeping. Or, even better, have you every joined me in a good cry?
I present to you, without any context, this highlight reel of some of the more indelible locations where I succumbed to my emotion burden in 2018.
- Airport (YQT)
- Neighbourhood Park
- Grocery Store
- Thrift Store
- Baltimore Women’s March
- A Bloggers Conference
- Pier 17 in the Seaport District
- Anthony Bourdain’s Memorial
- Camden Yards
- Charlottesville Historical Society
- Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
- Antique Store
- Airport (YYZ)
- Airport (BWI)
- Airport (DFW)
- Another Bloggers Conference
- Salem Witch Trials Memorial
- The CAT Ferry (Bonus points for crying on the open sea!)
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
- “Families Belong Together” March (The whole time, but this moment in particular.)
- Brooklyn Flea
- Capital One Arena
- Airport (YQM)
- Baltimore Pride
- Avon River Heritage Museum
I’m okay with being vulnerable and I’m sure 2019 will hold many more opportunities to shed a few tears.
Happy New Year. May you stand strong in the face of your challenges — and feel free to get a little weepy now and again.