truthful-confession-humanEvery Sunday for the past year or so now, I have posted the same post over on the Single Dad Laughing Facebook wall

“Right now. Right here. Tell me the 100% honest truth.”

The first time I posted it, I had no idea the impact it would have on my life or how absorbed I would become in the replies. I had no idea it would become my absolute, hands-down, favorite Facebook post each week. I remember one week I missed posting it, and it really did feel like an important part of my week was missing.

It’s such an interesting phenomenon… asking people for the complete and honest truth in an environment where that truth is not anonymous? I mean, sure, the chances anyone who knows them actually seeing their post is slim, but the chance is still there. And every single week, the replies are powerful. So powerful.

Anyway, I have collected my favorite replies over the months. These are 100 of them. Some funny as all get-up. Some sad. Some powerful. Some just an amazing and simple glimpse into this broader thing we call being human.

100 Kind-of-Anonymous but 100% Truthful Confessions

  1. “I understand why some animals eat their young…. Ugh. This day….”
  2. “I just bought groceries but am buying Burger King because I don’t want to cook.”
  3. “I’m thankful for a best friend that gives up her nights to watch Little Mermaid with me so I don’t have to be alone in the hospital.”
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  4. “I wish I could commit to a diet the way I commit to a grudge. LOL.”
  5. “My autistic son said “more mom” to me today at dinner. He is 10 and I’ve only heard him say a handful of words his whole life. I cried like a baby at the dinner table and hugged him so hard.”
  6. “I laid down on my dog’s bed with him because he’s not supposed to be on the furniture. I fell asleep and woke up to him on the couch and me on the floor…”
  7. “I want to put blue or green highlights in my hair…..I am 43.”
  8. “I walked out of the church in the middle of the sermon because the preacher was bashing gays.”
  9. “I still have NO clue what I’m doing as a single dad, but I’m trying my damnedest.”
  10. “I am sick to death of struggling to put food on the table and keep the lights on.”
  11. “I miss my husband, he died by suicide 2 and a half years ago. I just want to hold his hand, I loved holding hands.”
  12. “I bawled like a baby after my run this evening. I’m 70lbs overweight, and 2 weeks ago I couldn’t run 45 secs without getting winded. Tonight, I ran 5 min without stopping and the joy overwhelmed me. I feel AMAZING!”
  13. “I’m trying to quit pain pills.”
  14. “I miss married life, but not my husband…”
  15. “I just messaged one of my high school teachers to tell him thanks for giving a hand up to that scared kid I was all those years ago. Feels so good.”
  16. “I am buying a car today using my name and my credit score for the first time in 20 years. It took me ten years to rebuild my credit just to qualify for a car loan. Nervous and excited.”
  17. “I just had a baby and I rocked it.”
  18. “Loving people isn’t always black and white and you just can’t help who you fall for.”
  19. “Wishing I had more friends to hang out with to combat my crushing loneliness (I love my FB friends but a computer doesn’t cut it).”
  20. “I want to smack my ex upside the head for not even texting to see how his son is after surgery.”
  21. “I was thinking of committing suicide four months ago, I am really glad i changed my mind.”
  22. “I’m a single dad of three kids. Every other Sunday is tough, as I drop them off to their moms, and come home to an empty house.  Love my kids, with all my heart.”
  23. “I have been married and divorced 5 times. I have been single 3 years… Which is longer than most of my marriages…. And for the first time in my life I don’t even want a relationship. I am perfectly happy and content with my own company, living my life for me and making myself happy for a change!!”
  24. “I defeated the stereotypes of being a single mom in high school. I have my graduation ceremony on Tuesday! 19 years old, with a 10 month old. I did it! I am so proud of myself!”
  25. “Honestly… I am so sick of people being judgmental of other people and closed minded to anything that’s different than what they believe that I almost want to walk away from Facebook, and all news outlets, just so I don’t see it anymore.”
  26. “I just about punched a customer in the face and wanted to call her a c**t. Just because I work retail, you don’t get to be rude!”
  27. “My ex-husband remarried yesterday and although I swore it wouldn’t affect me, I cried myself to sleep.”
  28. “I never thought I would trust anybody enough to love them after my ex and I split. But I have found someone that I trust more than I ever thought possible and I’m completely in love with this woman.”
  29. “My same sex partner of 38 years and I flew to NYC and got married. Never thought we’d live to see this happen. Very happy.”
  30. “I’m relieved that my family and friends rallied so fast to care for me, my kids and each other. All in 24 hrs…. We found out I had cancer in my lungs and I had a pretty major surgery. Kids haven’t missed school, homework or a meal. I’ve been cared for by everyone and people are helping care for my mom and boyfriend so they can care for me. It’s amazing to watch a true network of friends and family come together and make it all work! Feeling so blessed!”
  31. “I keep farting and blaming it on the baby.”
  32. “I am struggling to stay on top of my depression and no one in my “real life” has a clue….This too shall pass though…”
  33. “I hate my body but I really love hard cider and good food!!! Life is way too short NOT to be a foodie!”
  34. “I’m donating a kidney in 10 days and I’m actually really excited about it!”
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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!