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“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” ~Philo of Alexandria

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.

Here on Single Dad Laughing, I started what I call “The Truth Box.” I asked you all to anonymously share a difficult secret that you’ve never told anyone. There were only two sections to fill out on the form. “What everyone thinks is true,” and “what actually is true.” More than five thousand secrets were shared. Every Thursday I share 60 of them here. Completely random and as they came in.

These truths aren’t meant to entertain. They aren’t meant to bring us down, either. They’re just an incredible and poignant (though sometimes heavy) reminder that we all are fighting our own great battles.

Pulled from the Truth Box: Week 5
1
What everyone thinks is true:
I’m happy waiting to have more kids.
What actually is true:
We’ve been trying for over a year to get pregnant.
2
What everyone thinks is true:
I’m a happy person.
What actually is true:
I teeter every day on the verge of a depression that would swallow me whole.
3
What everyone thinks is true:
I am a strong man.
What actually is true:
I recently became involved with a married woman and it’s exciting. I don’t regret it at all.
4
What everyone thinks is true:
I try to be nice to my sister-in-law.
What actually is true:
Most of the time I purposefully try to piss her off.
5
What everyone thinks is true:
I have lots of friends.
What actually is true:
I’m so lonely it hurts.
6
What everyone thinks is true:
That I love my mother-in-law.
What actually is true:
I can’t stand her because I know she let her husband hit my husband when he was little.
7
What everyone thinks is true:
That I do all these great activities with my toddler.
What actually is true:
She watches Netflix most of the day.
8
What everyone thinks is true:
I’m confident about myself.
What actually is true:
I hate the way I look but lack the willpower to change it.
9
What everyone thinks is true:
That I’m confident, career focused, happy to be on my own and love having an empty house with no family.
What actually is true:
My life growing up left me with a crippling fear of rejection, so I shut people down before I even get to know them. I hate an empty house, that matches my empty life.
10
What everyone thinks is true:
I love my life.
What actually is true:
I cry every day in the shower because I’m so depressed.
11
What everyone thinks is true:
I’m gay.
What actually is true:
I’m straight. I thought I was gay before I came out but then realized that I wasn’t, and now I can’t take it back.
12
What everyone thinks is true:
My in-laws think that I’m a controlling bitch.
What actually is true:
I don’t feel like I’m party of their family so I act out to get attention.
13
What everyone thinks is true:
I don’t care about my husband’s past relationships.
What actually is true:
I can’t stand when he bring them up because it makes me insecure.
14
What everyone thinks is true:
That I was a virgin before I got married to my husband.
What actually is true:
I had sex with two girls before I met him.
15
What everyone thinks is true:
I love my husband.
What actually is true:
I love my husband but I find myself thinking about my ex during sex.
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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!