I feel like the older I get, the more I cry at EVERYTHING. I cry at the happy, the sad, the joyous, the bad—tears, tears, tears. My husband told me he thinks it’s hilarious that I cry in every movie we see together, without fail, and he often looks over at me at the end of each movie to see if I’m crying, and usually—why yes, yes I am.
Here are 21 things you have probably cried about if you’re a woman. It doesn’t make sense, but to us, it’s totally valid.
1. Sad movies. Happy movies. Movies
I’ll just get this one out of the way. There’s nothing like a heart-wrenching plot or an amazing story of love or endurance that makes the tears start to flow.
2. Rumintating on something that was said or fought about—a week ago
Have you ever hurt someone’s feelings unintentionally and now you just can’t forget about it? Me too.
3. Sweet gestures
Unexpected flowers, your husband cleaning the kitchen because he knew you had a hard day with the kids, your neighbor leaving cookies at your door with a kind note. It’s just all too sweet to handle.
4. Wedding and funerals
5. Saying goodbye at airports
There’s something about airports that make women (and probably even some men) all emotional. Goodbyes are tough for women who often make family and friends top priority.
Have you ever been so angry that you cry? A lot of women report that instead of yelling or retaliating, tears tend to be the first response.
Trying, trying, and failing, whether at work or at home, tend to bring on the tears. Although women tend to be fighters and won’t settle until a job is well done, the process can be frustrating and emotional.
8. Taking a walk down memory lane
Looking at old pictures, watching home videos, or talking about past memories, especially with those who have moved away or who have since passed, can be quite emotional.
Happy surprises, no matter how small, can trigger the waterworks. But rest assured, men out there, chances are she is super happy about her surprise and this is just the natural reaction.
Even if it’s not the commercial’s intent to be sad, women can often find something sweet, sad or symbolic that brings on the emotions. For example, a dad sharing his cheerios with his adorable little girl, or a puppy trying to find his horse friend. The options are endless.
A lot of women connect songs with certain moments or stages in their lives.
12. Being sick
Women don’t like to be down and out because there’s too much to do. This can include the kids, the job, the house, the endless list of to-dos. So when you are not feeling good on top of everything else makes us all emotional.
13. Your kids being all cute
Sometimes you watch your kids play and BAM. You’re crying that they won’t be little forever and that they are just so cute and perfect.
14. Favorite shirt shrinks in the dryer
It happens, and it’s terrible.
15. Gaining weight
This is a biggie for us women, who try hard to keep up our shape and eat well, even when all the odds are against us. And sometimes it just makes us cry.
16. Death of a favorite character
Whether it’s in a book or on TV, we tend to get attached to our favorite characters. When they die, there’s bound to be tears.
17. Being overly tired
Life throws a whole lot our way, and sometimes the exhaustion catches up.
18. Being worried about not being a good enough mom
You worry about your kids all the time and you want to be the best mom to those little rug rats. And sometimes, you probably break down just thinking about it.
19. A mindless thing a spouse says
Sometimes guys can say “insensitive” things that are completely warped and misunderstood when a woman hears it. And when our feelings are really hurt, we’ll get emotional and let you know.
20. Watching people help one another
My husband and I love the show “What would you do?” on ABC. Without fail, I find myself crying at the selflessness and generosity of humanity.
21. Missing home
Whether you live far away or have loved ones who live far, the sadness of being away from those you love can be difficult, even more so for women.