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Last night I asked you all to anonymously share one secret that no one else knows. There were no rules. No guidelines. No expectations. I called it “The Truth Box.” The form had two sections only. “What everyone thinks is true,” and “What actually is true.”

As you all know, a couple weeks ago I shared a secret that I had been carrying around for 21 years. It was a secret that was so secret, I couldn’t even admit it to myself until a few months ago.

Since then, so many beautiful, sexy, incredible, awesome, normal people that I know and love (and even more that I have never met) have come to me in confidence and told me some amazing things they’ve never told anyone.

As it turns out, I was far from alone in my secret, which is why I wanted to do this. After reading this, I’ll bet you’ll find that you are from from alone in your secrets, too.

In the first two hours of asking for them, I received more than 500 of your truths, and they are still coming in. If you haven’t shared yours yet, I would be honoroed if you’d go to the last page of this post and submit yours. I’ll share a post every week until they’ve all been shared.

Thank you for your truths.

Pulled from the Truth Box
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What everyone thinks is true:
My hubby lost his wedding band from the set his parents gave us that I never liked.
What actually is true:
I found it on the bathroom floor a few weeks after he lost it and hid it in my makeup drawer because it always felt like a symbol of his bond with them instead of with me.
2
What everyone thinks is true:
I’m happy living where I am.
What actually is true:
That it’s a struggle daily, and pains my heart more than I’d ever admit. That I’m terrified of failing, of being a burden, of being rejected and alone.
3
What everyone thinks is true:
I am a devout Catholic
What actually is true:
I had an abortion at age 29
4
What everyone thinks is true:
I am a happily married straight woman.
What actually is true:
I love my husband but only platonically. I think I am bisexual, and tried too hard to be straight. I am afraid to go to marriage counseling because it might blow up my family.
5
What everyone thinks is true:
I have everything under control.
What actually is true:
I am scared as shit, every day.
6
What everyone thinks is true:
I’m straight and single.
What actually is true:
I’m in love with a woman.
7
What everyone thinks is true:
I’m a Christian
What actually is true:
I don’t believe in Jesus, the Bible, heaven or Hell.
8
What everyone thinks is true:
I have been with only 3 men in my life
What actually is true:
I have been with a lot more than that.
9
What everyone thinks is true:
Everybody thinks I have a degree
What actually is true:
I don’t.
10
What everyone thinks is true:
That since I started seeing a therapist two years ago, I am finally starting to “get it together” and make sense of my life.
What actually is true:
I sometimes feel more lost and out of control now than I did two years ago.
11
What everyone thinks is true:
I am straight and monogomous.
What actually is true:
I am bi-sexual and polyamorous. I have been with my two partners for over 12 years.
12
What everyone thinks is true:
They don’t know that anything happened.
What actually is true:
I was fondled by a doctor in front of my mom around age 9.
13
What everyone thinks is true:
I’m an atheist.
What actually is true:
I don’t really know whether I believe in God or not. I’m so conflicted by religion.
14
What everyone thinks is true:
I am completely 100% straight.
What actually is true:
I like both sexes.
15
What everyone thinks is true:
I’m smart and in control of my life and actions.
What actually is true:
I think I’m addicted to pain medication.
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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with more than 1.4 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!