I am absolutely hopeless. I'm one of those people who cry at happy things. I first noticed this phenomena when I was a teenager. There was this lotto advert which had a family making a surprise visit to their daughter who was overseas and tears welled in my eyes. It was so nice.
Then I noticed as I got older that I'd cry at all the speeches at weddings - I mean seriously, I needed a packet of tissues to get through them and they were all so lovely.
So it's probably not a surprise that when it comes to shows like The Voice or X-factor I suffer. It's usually only the audition shows, the ones where someone's biggest dream is on the line and they turn a chair or get four yeses. I'm a complete blubbering mess. My husband just smiles and hands me the box of tissues.
X-factor started a new Australian series last night and so I expect to go through lots of tissues. I'm drinking more water to compensate for the loss of liquid via my eyes.
Perhaps part of the deal with the singing reality shows is empathy. I know what it's like to want something so badly. When I finally got "the call", I had a lump so big in my throat I could barely talk. Tears poured down my face and I could only just choke out that I'd been offered a book contract.
I really don't know why I'm like this. I cry at awards ceremonies too - from something as small as a club wind-up with awards, to bigger ceremonies where the book of the year is awarded.
So I'm wondering, does anyone else suffer from the happy cry syndrome? Or is it just me?