Yes, I cry at happy endings in zombie movies but when the things get difficult I can be as tough as a kevlar gumdrop.
You may not know it, but I'm a big softie. I'll tear up with annoying regularity at so much as an emotional credit card commercial. I'm a serial empathetic. But the few times I've gone to condition orange there is nothing in my mind except the threat, and my swift reaction to the threat. There is nothing but awareness, and preparation. The trick is being able to switch between the two quickly.
The rest of her post is brilliant, and worth your time.