After 21 years of self-destructive inner-battles, I finally admitted my biggest secret to myself and to the rest of the world. That day, and the day my son was born, were the two most incredible and wonderful days of my life.
Before sharing it, I was so convinced that I was alone in my fears and my experiences. I was certain that my secrets would be the end of me. I didn’t see anyone else struggling with the things for which I had hated myself for decades. After sharing it, person after person after person began coming to me in confidence, telling me that they had the exact same struggles; they had the exact same fears; they had the exact same worries.
Wondering how it was that so many people were experiencing the same thing, yet we all felt so alone in it, I asked you all to anonymously share a difficult secret that you’ve never told anyone. There were only two boxes to fill out on the form. “What everyone thinks is true,” and “What actually is true.” I called it The Truth Box.
I have received thousands and thousands of responses, and each week I will share 60 or so of them here.
The thing I love about these respones is that they make us feel a lot more human with our own truths. Some make us sad. Some make us vulnerable. Some of these difficult secrets were shared by those who come here every day and leave such positive and wonderful comments on my daily posts. Hopefully all of these secrets make us feel more love for others. And when I read them, I somehow become incapable of judging anyone for anything that they shared. All I want to do is hug them and tell them I love them. Based on the comments that have continually poured-in, so many of you feel the same way…