Oh yes!!! I hadn't cried much most of my life. I was taught ot be tough, not show emotion. Then about 10 years ago, my boyfriend, whom I loved very much and thought was THE ONE, died in an accidental drowning- the only day we had spent apart since we met a year before that.
I was crushed and devastated. I cried for a couple of days straight. I got better but the same week I went to Starbuck's and was waiting in line for some coffee and sporadically started crying right there. I left to go cry it out in my car, but I was shocked how it come on like that and it suddenly happened like that for another couple of weeks.
Since letting the floodgates go, I am more sensitive and don't really find a need to hold back emotion as much. I guess once you've cried in public, it doesn't matter anymore- the tough exterior is out of the closet, so to speak. I haven't cried in public like that again, but I shed a tear or two at a sad movie. I like my more sensitive side being out in the open. Somebody said above it makes someone feel more vulnerable, but I remember a quote: "A warrior is not about perfection or victory or invulnerability. He's about absolute vulnerability."