For all my openness and blogging and social media, I am at the core, a private person. I have trusted many, and been burned just as often. It hasn’t make me more cynical or guarded, just more aware of those around me. I don’t let people in easily and when I do, well, I still maintain a bit of coldness from time to time. It is sincerely not a trait I am conscious of, but upon the days interactions and reflections I can see moments that I wish I had been a little more inviting. Overall, I know I have the largest inner circle of my entire life, and I have truly incredible people with whom I love dearly. And what’s more they are people I have chosen, and am lucky enough that they have chosen me. But let’s get on track here, I find it difficult to navigate between trust, privacy, and openness.
I keep many aspects of my personal life under lock and key, especially things that I have struggled with, or currently am struggling with. And to be a little more specific, I tend not to discuss things that really suck but are out of my control. I don’t want to whine, or bitch about my very absent family. I don’t want to lament the fact that my step dad is now visibly absent from my life. And I certainly do not want to go on and on about how I just don’t have the income that I feel is proper for where I want to be in life. Instead, I keep these things to myself, and just keep picking away at them. I work on my perceptions, my reactions to these nagging voices, and I keep doing what I love, which is writing.
Is the outside perception that I am fake or cold because I don’t talk about my problems? Perhaps, but the thing of it is, I just don’t know where that line should be. I am find sharing about 2 minutes of my problems with my friends and loved ones, but then I just want to move on. I want desperately to discuss adventure, and all the wonderful things about our lives. I don’t want to dwell on what cannot be immediately changed or fixed. I have my problems, as I know those around me do. I work hard at fixing them, little by little and just don’t find talking about them will ever solve the issues. Because there are things that cannot be fixed by words or actions. There are many things that are out of our control and it’s more important to learn to cope, accept or even just not sweat it when push comes to shove.
But again, there is a nagging voice in me that wonders if people think I’m phoney for not bitching about my life. If perhaps, I have set a standard that they feel uncomfortable getting real with me, until I get real with them. Is this all in my imagination? Am I simply rationalizing a fear that is all in my head? Honestly, I just don’t know. So I am putting this out into the world with earnest hope that the percolation process will help me find calm, or even acceptance to a shortcoming of mine that I often fear. That real, terrifying fear that when people learn everything about me, they will leave…
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