“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 month I try and share 30 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.

30 (Completely Anonymous) Truth Box Confessions

(Click or tap each to see the other half of the confession.)

1 of 30

What everyone thinks is true:

I've done very well getting over the suicide of a boyfriend senior year of high school; I'm strong.

What actually is true:

6 years later I think about him every day and wonder what our life could been like if we got married; I dont think I can ever love like that again.

2 of 30

What everyone thinks is true:

That my daughter's biological father is an exboyfriend who wants nothing to do with her.

What actually is true:

At the time I became pregnant I had many partners and I don't know most of their names even if I did want to test them. I've felt like a whore for the past 9 years.

3 of 30

What everyone thinks is true:

I am strong, independent, and clever woman who is just taking things a day at a time.

What actually is true:

I feel so sad all the time. I spend a lot of time worrying that my husband will realize i'm not so special and finally leave me. I think it's just easier for him to stay.

4 of 30

What everyone thinks is true:

I just haven't met my Mr. Right yet.

What actually is true:

I fail in relationships. All 4 of them didn't lasted for 1 year, and I was quite serious in it. I just wish I could see guys properly and choose the right one.

5 of 30

What everyone thinks is true:

my daughter is just going through a tough time

What actually is true:

She is showing behaviors of mental illness, I continue to let family and friends believe I'm just being too tough on her bc the truth scares me to death.

6 of 30

What everyone thinks is true:

I am happily married.

What actually is true:

I lost the love of my life 24 years ago. We still talk every day but are both married to others. We never see each other. Only talk. But it kills me to not be able to be with him.

7 of 30

What everyone thinks is true:

That I have an amazing supportive family.

What actually is true:

I'm the only one who does anything for my family. I just had my first child and no one in my family came to visit.

8 of 30

What everyone thinks is true:

I gained weight because I'm lazy and hate to work out.

What actually is true:

I was diagnosed with aggressive arthritis when I was 19. It's crippled my joints and I live in constant pain.

9 of 30

What everyone thinks is true:

My husband's anti-social tendencies are costing us our marriage. He refuses to just be civil towards my family.

What actually is true:

I'm controlling and I've finally pushed him too far. I should be praising him for being the one to stand up to my family.

10 of 30

What everyone thinks is true:

My husband and I are back together and more in love than ever.

What actually is true:

I don't know that I will ever forgive my husband for breaking my heart, lying to me, and ruining what I thought was a great marriage.

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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!