Truth Box

“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 six thousand secrets were shared. Every Thursday I try and share 60 of them here. Completely random and exactly 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 18

1
What everyone thinks is true:
I got my really lousy tattoo while drunk on spring break.
What actually is true:
I got it while I was in jail for three months.
2
What everyone thinks is true:
I am a woman.
What actually is true:
I was born a man.
3
What everyone thinks is true:
My father was a good man until the day he died.
What actually is true:
He used to take me on rides while he dealt drugs.
4
What everyone thinks is true:
I love my family unconditionally.
What actually is true:
I can’t stand most of them most of the time but I need their support and babysitting or I would never be able to go out at all.
5
What everyone thinks is true:
I am in a happy 13 year relationship with no regrets
What actually is true:
Love him but not attacted to him so no sex. Tired of making all the money while he spends it. He is not intelegent. But I will not leave him since I fear what he would do himself.
6
What everyone thinks is true:
That because I am funny and flirtatious, I am confident and happy.
What actually is true:
I hate my body and my self image, and often feel like a lazy, fat, worthless jackass.
7
What everyone thinks is true:
We are happily married and my husband a great guy.
What actually is true:
He is paranoid. He is emotionally and verbally abusive. I have made the decision to leave him. I deserve better.
8
What everyone thinks is true:
One of the neighbor kids broke the window in our living room.
What actually is true:
I got in a fight with my fiance and threw a book at him and it hit the window and broke it.
9
What everyone thinks is true:
I’m a happy priest, content with the life he has chosen.
What actually is true:
I stopped believing in God long ago.
10
What everyone thinks is true:
I am sexually confident and sexually active.
What actually is true:
I am too scared to let anyone see my vagina. It’s so ugly.
11
What everyone thinks is true:
I have an incurable STD.
What actually is true:
I tell people that so that nobody will ever pressure me to have sex becasue sex scares me to death.
12
What everyone thinks is true:
I love my new step dad and he’s so much better than my biological dad.
What actually is true:
My dad is funny and smart but made some bad choices. I want my mom to get back together with him so we can be a close, happy family.
13
What everyone thinks is true:
I get along surprisingly well with my ex & his current wife.
What actually is true:
I hate the both of them with a passion & can’t wait until our daughter turns 18 so I can tell them to go f*** themselves.
14
What everyone thinks is true:
That I broke up with my boyfriend cos he was not “the one”
What actually is true:
I found out that he had downloaded pornagraphic images of children and was caught by the police over 10 years ago….he had to go.
15
What everyone thinks is true:
They think that I love my kids in public school. They say that I will love it when my last child(my daughter) goes to school because then I will have alone time.
What actually is true:
I hate the public school system, never wanted them in it. I will be homeschooling again starting next year and I never want my kids to leave so that I can have time.
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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!