“Are you crying again Dad?” My daughters run up to me and hug me saying its ok and the movie is not real. But it feels so real to me in ways that they can’t possibly understand; at least not yet. Not until they become parents will they understand what it’s like to gaze into the eyes of their newborn child or feel the pain when some of the harsh realities of life crush the spirits of their children. Living and studying in Japan for many years made one thing become very clear to me; the unique cultural trait that the unreal portrays the real better than the real does. This aspect of the Japanese culture rings true for me in Disney’s Inside Out, which was my favorite movie of the year and quite possibly my favorite Disney movie ever. It’s also the movie I’m talking about here that is making me cry after watching it for the fifth time and counting.
To be honest, I cry in movies all the time. I wonder if it’s the music or the story but really, who cares? I cry and cry often. There is something about the internal struggles we all face in life felt in movies like Inside Out or Hoosiers or Field of Dreams that hit the heart hard. But its not just movies that hit me hard. Real life moves me too.
The other day, our President was moved to tears when talking about the 5 and 6 year olds who were murdered in Newtown, Connecticut. It was powerful for me to see the world’s arguably most powerful leader moved to tears. He showed a side to us that made him more real, more human. He reminded us that it is okay to cry.