To say that the last few weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster would be an understatement. Yet one statement has consistently struck me as being a bit unfair. "Be strong," everyone says in response to the loss of my father. Especially so, since I happen to be a relatively young man in the prime of life. But why? Why do we insist that men hide their feelings and not give vent to their grief? Why is it considered unmanly for men to grieve and cry? Surely, young men need catharsis and closure just as much as others considered to be more vulnerable by society? Boys need a shoulder to cry on just as much as anyone else and the expectations society places on them forces them to shy away from reaching out to others when they are at their most vulnerable. I've truly taken the words of my dear friend and greatest travel inspiration @sallavallo to heart, a man far wiser than his young years would suggest: "No need to stay strong now, just stay true... and feel." Yes, it's okay for boys for cry. And it's perfectly fine for boys to reach out for support. There is nothing weak about it.
Photo: Throwback to the time when my father and I were cruising the Austrian Alps in a convertible, taking in the stunning alpine scenery and enjoying the fresh weather of late summer, as the mountains were being tinted with the first hints of autumn.
Grossglockner High Alpine Road