Certain movies or tv shows are just gonna make me cry. I have “my” movies that I watch from time to time that just cut me to the core. “Hope Floats,” “P.S. I Love You,” “The Notebook.” These are the heart wrenching movies that get me each and every time. I know I am going to cry when I watch them. The tv series “Friday Night Lights” nearly killed me. I don’t cry as intensely with the tv show as with the movies, but the different episodes would pull my heart-strings so hard that tears would emerge at times that I would be stunned. I knew it was a great show, but wow! It was really a great show!
So why do I do this? I KNOW I am going to cry when I watch. I prepare myself with tissues and lots of water so I can rehydrate. Maybe I watch them when I need to just release some emotional tension that I can’t otherwise let go. But why do I need to cry? Why do I need something that is so emotionally charged? I love to watch them but I can’t watch them too often. I’d be an emotional mess all the time if I watched them more often than I do!
I ask why I do it, but I do think I have an idea. I think I like watching someone overcome struggles and find happiness. I know these are scripted. Maybe it would be better if life was. Hmmm…now there’s a thought. I want to believe there are people who overcome hardship and find happiness. I always root for the underdog. I guess most people do.
So does anyone else do this? Surely they do! Right?