Thanks For Making Me Cry

It  sounds weird, doesn’t it, but that’s how I felt. I was happy to cry. The reason I cried  wasn’t even personal.  It was about a story I read.

In a way though it was personal.

It was a story about the actor Telly Leung and  I wrote to journalist Michael Rocha at the San Diego Union Tribune about his story.  The story was beautifully written.

I also loved what Mr Leung said. He’s so optimistic and honest.

Here’s part of what Michael Rocha  wrote in his interview with the Chinese-American actor who appears in the  musical Allegiance that also stars another man you may know, George Takei.

As a second-generation Chinese-American, born in 1980, Leung admits that his reality very much differs from the reality of his parents or that of the character he portrays in “Allegiance.” But as a Chinese-American, he knows, too, that his world is not like that of many Americans.

“People ask me all the time, ‘Do you feel limited by your race in this business?’ And I go, ‘Well, certainly there are times that I feel that way, but I can never let that stop me from trying to achieve what I want to achieve.’ … I live in a world of possibility …

You can read the whole story here.

We all have factors that may limit us but we can not let them stop us from achieving what we want to achieve.

This touched me,  made me cry and I was happy about it.  It’s great to feel that kind of emotion.

Actually, except for anger, it’s good to feel any kind of emotion.  [Anger can feel good, but that good feeling is often replaced with regret, not to mention the damage you might do to others.]

Too often, we go through our work day without feeling any emotion.  There is a risk in expressing some emotions like love  or joy and we can easily hold back, but it feels good to love, to be happy, to feel joy, even to be sad.

It’s real. It can’t be faked. And after “holding so much in”  during the day, it feels good even to cry.

I was crying by myself. No one was around, so it was really safe.  I got all the good feeling that comes from emotion without any of the embarrassment that sometimes keeps us from expressing emotion.

There’s a reason why we are attracted to people who are in touch with their emotions.  Actors, artists, teachers, therapists, good friends, lovers  and writers help us feel our own emotions.

P.S. The writer  Michael Rocha wrote back to me and thanked me for my email.  As I expected, he was modest.  He said Mr Leung was a great subject. I’m sure he was.

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