Aren’t you taken by surprise when famous and powerful men break down in tears? Like when ISRO Chief K Sivan was seen hugging Prime Minister Modi and crying after Vikram Lander of Chandrayaan 2 mission lost communication.
Or when MS Dhoni cried after getting run out during the World Cup semi-finals against New Zealand.
Even Former US President Barack Obama was brought to tears during his Farewell Speech back in 2016.
The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was also seen crying during a public speech after his friend and singer Gordon Downie lost his battle against cancer.
Michael Jordon also cried on stage during his speech on his Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement.
While crying is a sign of being vulnerable, embracing your vulnerabilities is a sign of massive strength. Gillette’s beautiful ad film about Colonel MK Sinha’s real-life story is a great example.
Being in the army for nearly 30 years, Col MK Sinha, a Gallantry Awardee, has had some of the most daunting experiences. In the video, Colonel Sinha talks about the special bond that he shared with his father, who used to be an Air Force officer. He speaks of how his father taught him to be tough, not cry or show any kind of weakness because that’s how men are ‘supposed’ to be. However, he recalls one extremely unnerving incident which changed the father-son relationship and taught him that it’s okay for men to cry.
You see, powerful men don’t become less powerful after they show their soft spot to others. They are still deemed to be some of the most important men in the world.
It’s time we re-evaluate our understanding of ‘manliness’ and ‘strength’ and shatter the myth which dictates that men don’t cry. #ShavingStereotypes – this is what the new generation of men should aspire to do!