7 Reasons Why People Cry ...


I was staring at the ceiling one night waiting for sleep to come when I caught myself making a mental list of the many reasons why people cry.

It started when I remembered the question asked by my three-year-old nephew, Timothy, "Ayee (Auntie), my eyes have water when you want me to sleep but I don’t want to.

Why?" I don’t remember what I said (and don’t make me remember please because my answer may be embarrassing) so let me just share my notes of the reasons why people cry.

1. Loneliness

Loneliness from not having someone at the most depressing moment of your life is one of the many reasons why people cry.

Or could it be loneliness or homesickness from being away from home.

I feel that most of the time now that I am living in a country miles away from my mother, siblings, close relatives and friends.2

And yes, I shed a tear or two because I just simply miss them.

2. Fear

When I was in second grade, I was looking outside our classroom thinking of an answer for one item in our mid-term exam, when I saw two men falling from a building.

I cried right there and then because I was so scared.

My fear was they both died and I saw them and I couldn’t do anything.

When my brother was three years old, he cried when the lights were out because he feared that monsters and beasts would come and get him.

3. Love

It happens when we fall in love and when we fall out of love.

The overflowing emotion just opens the floodgates of the Kingdom of Tears and before you know it, you just find yourself weeping.

When I look at my children, I can't just help myself from crying.

They're miracles of love and I can't help but be emotional about it.2

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