There’s an unspoken rule in society about how much of yourself others should be able to see. We’re supposed to portray an image of happiness and success. The darker side of the human experience needs to be hidden away from the rest of the world. It’s seen as something shameful, unfit for other people to consume. But the thing is, life is messy.
When I was in my early 20’s, I began what would be a long battle with anxiety and depression. At the time, I felt ashamed and alone. I was terrified to let anyone know what I going through, often making excuses and alternative explanations. Those were terrible years. But I found the light at the end of the tunnel, and finally got the courage to share my story. You know what happened then? People shared their stories with me in return. Sometimes they had similar struggles, sometimes completely different. But we all had a common bond in our knowledge that life doesn’t always go to plan, and that’s perfectly ok.
Let your messy out. You might just find you have more in common with others than you thought.