Humans of Himachal

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I don’t know at what point along our lives being cold and not showing emotions became something desirable. I don’t know when a person’s inability to express their true emotions became a sign of strength.
It takes courage to be intimate,it takes courage to show when you’re hurt or when you’re sad, it takes courage to admit you are broken it takes courage to say you love someone or something. The ability to initiate and continue intimacy? There is strength in that. You don’t have to hold in tears and put on a bright face to appear strong to anyone.

This is especially applicable to men. ‘Men/ boys don’t cry’ they say. It’s okay to cry. In fact, it’s okay to wail. Don’t just let those tears drop down from your eyes, cry it out with your heart. The toxic masculinity that surrounds us has made it hard for men to break down without appearing weak. The truth is, you’re not just letting out your emotions by crying, you’re breaking centuries of patriarchal gender normative roles.
So,whether you’re young or old, man or woman, just cry it out. Tell people you love them. Giggle at puppies and tell people you feel lost. Express yourself when you’re down, or anxious. Tell your best friend you love them. Don’t shut yourself in rooms you built for yourselves. We’re not meant to mentally isolate ourselves, we’re meant to share and grow and learn.

Picture Location: Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India

Guest Blog : Ordinary Traveller

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