Life's letdowns don't faze us 97.5 percent of the time, but in those maddening instances when deep breathing and calm negotiating don't cut it, the only way to face your problem is to first tackle the watery emotions that come with it.
When you’re so angry you’re shaking, and all you want to do is scream someone into oblivion. Sometimes the only alternative that remains is a locked supply closet and five minutes of fury sobs.
When you're saying goodbye to your parents, grandparent or that far-flung best friend you won't see for months and you realize you're going to miss the way they steal food off your plate or nudge you to laugh at their truly awful puns—even if these habits annoyed you all weekend long.
When you're scrolling your Facebook newsfeed and you're jolted with an update you never expected: Your seventh-grade best friend has died. The one you choreographed dances to Mariah Carey music videos with. The one you meant to take out to lunch on her birthday, but you settled for a "Happy 33rd!" on her wall. The one who died two days ago, and yet nobody's told you.
When your boss emails you to "change directions" on the project that's caused you to cancel every plan you've had for weeks, and you're feeling ready to pick up your monitor and beat your printer with it. In the words of Tina Fey in Bossypants, "Some people say, 'Never let them see you cry.' I say, 'If you're so mad you could just cry, then cry. It terrifies everyone.'"
When you receive a wedding invitation—or, even worse, a baby announcement—from The One Who Got Away.
When you take your dog to the vet for a routine checkup and learn that he's got cancer. It will cost thousands to prolong his life, possibly just for a few months—and even so, he may be in pain—and you're faced with the decision of what to do next.
When your new phone slips out of your hands and shatters its screen, and all you can think of is how you refused to pay $5 a month for insurance just two days ago.
When a friend has something extraordinarily wonderful happen to her that restores your faith in the universe—especially if that faith had been rattled by any of the aforementioned reasons to cry. Happy tears trump all.
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