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 ten thousand secrets have been shared now. I’m sharing 50 more 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.

Whew. Powerful. Thank you for sharing. I honestly love you all so much more than I already did. Strange how that works.

Please keep in mind that this was only 60 of thousands of responses. Check back each week. I’ll keep posting them.

And if you want to share your own secret, please do that here.

Dan Pearce | The Single Dad Laughing Blog

PS. I would really love your comments on this. If you could give any advice or words of encouragement to any of the people who shared secrets above, what would you say? Please leave a comment today and help let everyone know that they are not alone in their secrets and that there are good and wonderful people out there who understand.