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 25

1
What everyone thinks is true:
That i take my psych meds.
What actually is true:
have not touched them in months.
2
What everyone thinks is true:
My boyfriend that makes me a cougar is awesome and just what I needed.
What actually is true:
I don’t love him and I wish he would leave. I am miserable and ready to be by myself.
3
What everyone thinks is true:
Our son is conquering the world, earlier, faster and smarter than everyone else’s kids.
What actually is true:
The insurance form shows his having had his stomach pumped a week ago, and his fat job is firing him for drug abuse. He will be home shortly with no money, prospects or plan.
4
What everyone thinks is true:
I’m a super dilligent hard worker, dedicated to my job 110%
What actually is true:
I spend all day surfing the internet and faking my way through projects.
5
What everyone thinks is true:
That I left college for “financial reasons.”
What actually is true:
I left because I had a nervous breakdown. I had no place to live, was working 70+ hours a week to pay tuition, and was involved in a lot of organizations.
6
What everyone thinks is true:
I am the model Stay At Home Mom and Housewife. I do it all – cook, clean, have beautiful perfect kids and the perfect husband.
What actually is true:
I hate my life. My husband has cheated on me repeatedly. He is never home and all I do is cook and clean and scream at my kids. I feel like I am drowning.
7
What everyone thinks is true:
That I am funny, outspoken and strong.
What actually is true:
I hate being around people and sarcasm is my way of coping. People drain me emotionally.
8
What everyone thinks is true:
That I don’t want to marry my boyfriend of 10 years because I don’t want to take attention away from my daughter.
What actually is true:
He cheated on me 7 years ago and had a full blown relationship with someone old enough to be his mother. I can’t get over it.
9
What everyone thinks is true:
I am over my husband’s affair and we are happy and better than we have ever been.
What actually is true:
I still hate him. I will always hate him. I will never forgive him and I’d love to engage in a revenge affair and then flaunt it in his face to hurt him the way that he hurt me.
10
What everyone thinks is true:
That I don’t blame myself for my daughters death.
What actually is true:
I was 20 weeks pregnant. sinus infection. Someone had put the benadryl in the box of Sudafed. I didn’t realize it until I took it. A week later she was stillborn. I am to blame.
11
What everyone thinks is true:
That my male friend and I are just friends.
What actually is true:
We’re madly in love with each other but nothing has happened because we both know I’ll never leave my significant other who I have 5 kids with.
12
What everyone thinks is true:
That group of guys at the concert left for no reason.
What actually is true:
After the guy next to me was touching me sans consent, I took the opportunity to stand, stretch, and let out a “silent but deadly” fart in their direction while they were sitting.
13
What everyone thinks is true:
I quit smoking after I got out of the hospital to save my health.
What actually is true:
I have an oral fixation and I only managed to be smoke-free for about two weeks and then I started right back up again.
14
What everyone thinks is. true:
We’re just good friends
What actually is true:
I love her more than anything and I don’t even dare to tell her because I’m afraid to lose her…
15
What everyone thinks is true:
I have a wonderful relationship with my wife and we are very much in love.
What actually is true:
My wife is a prude and I loathe her for it. We only have sex 2 or 3 times a yr. I make intimate advances often, but usually get shot down. Want an affair, but scared to lose kids.
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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!