Comic 1305 - Catharsis

2nd Nov 2020, 9:22 AM in Ch. 40 - It's Okay to Cry
Average Rating: 5 (10 votes)
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Jocelyn 2nd Nov 2020, 9:22 AM edit delete
Ah~! Rain said the title of the chapter! :D

Emily said earlier in the chapter, that she didn't want to cry for her mother. That was what held her back. Then Rain right here addresses how not only does it not have to be for her, it shouldn't be. It's all bittersweet, but this is what we call a "good cry".

As the number one crybaby in my town, I find that just crying it out really can help me. Maybe it doesn't actually solve the problem, but it's... cleansing, somehow. So I'll always fight for this: if you need to cry, then cry. No matter how old you are. No matter what gender you are. And if someone has a problem with it: fuck 'em. It's your life, and they're your tears. You should be allowed to use them whenever and however you want.

It's okay to cry. Please never forget it. ^_^

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Emilydarksparks 2nd Nov 2020, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
She said it, okay wrap it up people, let’s go home.
MzMouse 2nd Nov 2020, 10:32 AM edit delete reply
How dare you be so relatable today ;-;
Larryn 2nd Nov 2020, 10:42 AM edit delete reply
Aaand now I’m crying too.
El Pablo 2nd Nov 2020, 10:47 AM edit delete reply
As I've gotten older, I've come to realize that Rain is exactly right, it IS ok to cry whenever you need to. My parents never said so, but society around me always said to suck it up and don't be a crybaby, so I held back for many many years. Here lately, though, I turn into a puddle of tears over the least little things, but I always feel a bit better afterward.
Allison (not that one) 2nd Nov 2020, 1:08 PM edit delete reply
When I was growing up, my parents would mock me and scold me and punish me if I cried. That, along with everything else that happened, took away my ability to cry; instead, I just go dead inside.

For the past ~20 years or so, I've been trying to regain it (including a lot of other things that make us human), but haven't made much headway yet. And I figure I've got at most 15-20 years left to do it in.
Lauriane 2nd Nov 2020, 8:32 PM edit delete reply
I wish films like Inside-Out were made earlier in time.

I'm glad we live in an era where, slowly but surely, such values as "sadness is important and part of life and we must accept it" are being taught to kids trough popular media.
SometimesIReadComics 2nd Nov 2020, 11:32 AM edit delete reply
*Cries in queer*
bgb16999 2nd Nov 2020, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
Title drop!
Rain's whole monologue here is very sweet.
arkathenia 2nd Nov 2020, 1:00 PM edit delete reply
Awwwww Rain is such a sweet darling. She's such a nice girl to comfort someone else in a difficult situation. Despite everything she's been through, it's nice to see she still has ability to keep herself up enough to cheer up another person.
Guest 2nd Nov 2020, 1:08 PM edit delete reply
I know this page is probably meant to be sad, but Rain calling herself the town's biggest crybaby in that cute little pose just made me laugh.
Jocelyn 2nd Nov 2020, 1:22 PM edit delete reply

Sad? Nah, not really. Emotional, though? Sure.

I definitely was trying to add a little humor with that, so I don't think there's anything wrong with laughing here. ^_^
RubyRuthNeal 2nd Nov 2020, 1:39 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, I'm not crying right now, nope....
Must be that spicy salsa I just ate for lunch, all those onions and jalapeños in it. Yeah that's it.

Dang I'm pretty terrible at lying!
Shoto 2nd Nov 2020, 9:12 PM edit delete reply
Lie? I don't see a lie! I think I ate that same salsa as well!
William Melton 2nd Nov 2020, 3:41 PM edit delete reply
This is a touching scene, and seeing Rain comfort Emily like that is also touching. And to think, how far the two have come...
Kaiden-kun 2nd Nov 2020, 4:40 PM edit delete reply
Why am i crying- someone explain. Q-Q
Yuriko 2nd Nov 2020, 6:21 PM edit delete reply
I do find it amusing thst they're just having this very personal conversation in the middle of a public shopping center
Alison 2nd Nov 2020, 7:40 PM edit delete reply
This one really hits home for me, considering I haven't REALLY cried in a few years now. Outward expressions of sadness have been shut down for fear that the dam would fail to close again if opened, and I hadn't really noticed till now.
j-eagle12212012 2nd Nov 2020, 8:20 PM edit delete reply
As someone who bottled her emotions up until an inevitable emotional breakdown (due to years of toxic masculinity and dysphoria), I can attest that crying is something you need to do.
Don't hold it in, it's not healthy for you and you end up letting it out anyway
Guest 2nd Nov 2020, 8:47 PM edit delete reply
Dang Rain has really good words. She will be an excellent co-mom.

I personally love having a good cry. I have a few things that I know will leave me blubbering if I watch/read them, so I can have a cry whenever I want. It really is cathartic.
SpeedyQuidKid 3rd Nov 2020, 3:56 PM edit delete reply
I'm not crying over fictional characters, there's just this shard of glass stuck in my eye

Also, stay safe y'all. Stressful day today...
Lyss 3rd Nov 2020, 7:57 PM edit delete reply
Everyone deserves a partner like Rain
SecretlyHuman 22nd Aug 2021, 1:46 AM edit delete reply
I wish I could cry. I'll be sad, and I'll try, and more often than not my eyes will be dry. If not they're tearing up slightly. It's exceptionally rare I actually cry.

I had a lot more written out, but it seemed like a bit "much" to post. I guess it was nice to at least type it...
Ron 25th Jun 2022, 1:15 PM edit delete reply
Might you be dehydrated? Sometimes the body just doesn't want to lose water. Or it could be you have another way of venting your emotions.
anon 11th Sep 2021, 3:15 AM edit delete reply
I'm also a huge crybaby. Even after I started testosterone, there was just no stopping me lol. It is super cathartic
Ron 25th Jun 2022, 1:16 PM edit delete reply
I was a crybaby as a kid, but I no longer am. I thought T might be part of it, but maybe not...
Ron 25th Jun 2022, 1:13 PM edit delete reply
A bit of science chiming in - crying is literally cathartic, not just figuratively. As in, chemical analysis of tears has found that different emotions produce chemically distinct tears, and crying is the body's way of siphoning off excess emotion chemicals. Also, from a behavioural standpoint, anthropologically, baby animals are born with the barest of tools to enable survival. Baby horses can stand. Baby kittens can meow. Baby humans can cry. Meaning there is something integral to survival in crying, even if we aren't completely sure what it is.
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