It seems everyone I know has admitted that with age, they have become more emotional. And I’m not just talking about middle-aged women. Men have made this confession – including my own son. In fact, it was my son who recently shared his take on why this happens. He said (like most all young people), he used to believe he was invincible – not only would he live forever, but everyone and everything in his life would just always be there. By age 30, he realized things change. All of his grandparents have passed, and last year, his beloved German Shepherd died – much too young. The inevitable reality check occurred:
- Friends move away.
- People and pets die.
- The price of gas goes up.
- Cable providers drop your favorite channels
In other words, nothing stays the same. My son at least had a theory for his heightened emotions. My older friends, however, simply confess that with age, they have become more emotional – tending to cry:
- When they’re sad
- When they’re happy
- About a television commercial.
It’s as if everyone over age 40-ish (regardless of gender), suddenly develops a case of perpetual PMS. When I was younger, I rarely cried (especially in front of people). Yet, I must reluctantly admit to the aforementioned escalated emotion syndrome.
Here’s the irony. Typically, toddlers and young children cry for attention. They will squeeze every ounce of bodily moisture to form even a single crocodile tear for sympathy. Conversely, adults will exert and direct all that same physical energy (to the point of constipation) into holding back those tears. We will do anything to keep that teardrop from falling, We are mortified if it even casts the incriminating moist glaze over our cornea.
And so endeth my thesis and theory of the cycle of weeping: From forcing it for attention, to inhibiting for the appearance of strength and self control.
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