We Asked People The Random Public Places They Cried At
by Shara Mae Balce, April 29, 2019 5:00pm
Art by Allen Mirambel
Crying, if not a surge of emotions, is a relief from the things that hurt. It’s everyone’s ultimate purge when one’s heart sinks. Crying is not a sign of weakness, but of strength—part of braving frustrations and assessing one’s feelings.
The urge to cry sometimes comes in unexpected time and places. The urgency to show your emotions is not something you should be ashamed of. Don’t worry, you’re not alone on this one. We gathered our fellow Manillennials "fall apart" moments in the most random public places.
“May dapat ipasang output noong third year college kami. Malaking part ‘yon para sa finals namin. Then ayun, na-late kami ng ilang minutes sa deadline. Umiyak ako no’n sa hallway ng university kasi ‘di tinanggap ng Dean iyong bookbind (research). Tapos pumunta na akong cr at doon ko na ipinagpatuloy ang pag-iyak.”
- Eunice, 22
“Nakasamaan ko ng loob that time 'yung minamahal ko. Pigil na pigil luha ko sa jeep tapos *insert swear words* nagpa-tugtog ng nakakalungkot yung driver—iyak ako eh. Pero ito ang favorite na nangyayari madalas: tears of joy. Kay boyfriend, kapag nasa byahe ako minsan, jeep din. Babasahin ko texts n’ya telling how much he loves me. ‘Pag nag-so-sorry and ina- acknowledge na mali s’ya or 'yung plans n’ya for us, naluluha ako sa saya and love.”
- Rose, 25
“Friday payday pa naman no’n pero parang sinakluban ako ng mundo. Magkaaway kami ng jowa ko tapos sumabay ‘yung pagalit ng boss ko. Tumambay at nag-i-iyak ako dun sa ilalim ng overpass along EDSA. Pinagti-tinginan ako ng mga tao pero wapakels na ako. Tapos tuwing may dadaan sa harap ko, magkukunwari akong nagse-selpon.”
- Sharmaine, 23
“I was in third year college then. I sat at the back of a 16-seater UV Express van when a couple sat beside me and paid for the last seat. I was pressed to the corner by the couple so I tried to scoot some space. But the lady looked at me in the eye and cockily said: 'If you want your own space, pay for it.' I was so hurt and angry. I tried to answer but nothing came out of my mouth so I just silently cried for half of the trip.”
- Sherry, 22
“I’m a call center agent. Umiyak ako sa kalsada pagka-out from work kasi binigyan ako ng low score ng customer ko. Nakakaiyak kasi binigay mo na nga lahat tapos pagagalitan ka pa ng boss, tapos araw araw pang-gabi. Napapa-isip ako like *curse word* gusto ko na magresign” tapos mapapa-isip ako na parang *curse word* “ang tanda ko na pero ‘di pako stable.”
- Mary, 26
“Nung byahe ako papasok ng office, umiyak ako sa jeep. Napikon ako sa tatay ko kasi lagi akong sinasabihan na puro ako gala, na wala raw akong pangarap. Eh noong mga panahong iyon sobrang ayaw ko sa trabaho ko, inis ako lagi. Humihikab ako non sa jeep bago magpunas ng mata para kunwari hikab lang. Tapos tinitignan ako ng katabi kasi medyo humihikbi na ako.“
- Nessy, 21
“I cried out of frustration because my ATM card got stuck in the machine and there was no way of getting it out right then. It was a payday weekend, so I planned on treating myself for a job well done. After my card got stuck, no one could help me even the bank because it was the weekend. I rushed to the nearest restroom and cried, buti na lang Ayala Mall, so malinis 'yung stalls.”
- Pearl, 26
It’s human to cry. Release your emotional stress out whenever you feel like—may it be along the highway or inside a public restroom. If you feel ashamed of crying in public, just so you know it's something winners do. The next time you see someone weeping in public, let them be. Stop staring and empathize.
Share with us your experience if you're one of the brave souls who cried in public, too!