I've always loved it when people felt like they could trust me enough to tell me something really hard in their life. I love vulnerability and talking through something. I mainly enjoy asking questions. I heard once that "...it's possible to learn how to handle big emotions." I like the idea of this. It also made me feel more assured. While I feel like I enjoy helping others and listening to people tell their stories, it's usually pretty hard for me to get to that place of exposure myself. I assume that, just like handling others' emotions, I am in the process of learning how to let other people handle my big emotions.
The same person who talked about this also explained that "We don't lose control of 'face' and 'composure' enough in our culture. It's a beautiful thing to see something so raw." In my head, I thought, Well yes, like childbirth I suppose? But it's true. It can be difficult and strange at first, especially if you're not used to it. I think eventually, though, you begin to see the loveliness of a real, sloppy, broken person (which is truly what we all are) through those open, vulnerable times. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 says, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ."
Isn't it great that the comfort that God shows us is enough comfort for us to give to others? We don't have to muster it up because it's already there!