A Breath Of Honesty, A Sigh Of Relief

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What is your story?

Not the story that you share with acquaintances whom you haven’t seen in a while; practiced lines exchanged like trading cards in the school yard.  Simple, yet interesting; exciting, but safe.  Not the story that you have built up in order to please your family, to pacify your coworkers or to reassure your friends.  Not the story that you tell yourself as you push forward, image built up, smile bright, head high, ready and waiting for the world to see you shine.  Not those stories.  Those are the pictures that you hang on your walls, the paintings on display for all to see.  Beauty, creativity, dedication and talent; your presentations and offerings to the world.

No, I want to know the story of your soul.  The story of who you are; the brushstrokes upon your canvas.  I can see who you are now, but I want to know how you became this way.  I want to understand what can’t possibly make any sense when you put it into words, but I want you to say it anyway.  I want to know you in that messy, beautiful way that is raw and uncensored.  I want to see you, but not just with my eyes, and hear you, but not only with my ears.  I want to figure out how you work until you no longer need to explain it.  That is when I will finally know you, and that is how I want you to know me, too.

This is what I want to say to people, but can’t, or won’t, because this kind of intensity is frowned upon.  It’s outside of our comfort zone, as it leaves us vulnerable and exposed.  It’s what I need though in order truly know you, and to feel comfortable with you.  It’s a compliment of sorts, for if you are someone I like, then I want to know you as well as you know yourself.  A dazzlingly disheveled kind of friendship; a breath of honesty, a sigh of relief.



50 thoughts on “A Breath Of Honesty, A Sigh Of Relief

    1. Thanks for reading! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I struggle with wanting to share more of myself, but still wanting to protect myself and not get hurt by sharing too much.


    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you liked it. 🙂
      It can be hard to open up and share our heart until we find the right person to share it with. In the past I would share with anyone who would listen, but I am much more selective now. ❤

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  1. This was really a unique, touching post. If I gained nothing else from it, i at least know that I am going to attempt to open up more about who I am, what my passions are and how I got here on future posts. Thanks for such a heartfelt message.


    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful reply. 🙂 I think people are incredibly interesting, and we all have a story to tell. I’m sure your readers will appreciate having the chance to learn more about you!

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  2. This is why people don’t know what to do with me-there is no false image overlay as has become the norm, and though I may not try to pull yours off, I will not pretend to not know the truth. Makes me pretty unpopular. I haven’t always been this way, but I lost all my friends when, following my transformation, I ceased to acknowledge their false images. I thought we were close enough for that. I was wrong. Because people don’t want to be honest with themselves and will often cut out anyone who pushes them to be.
    The lesson now is how much detail is necessary/desired. I can be honest about myself without making people squirm… Too much. And if they’re receptive we’ve skipped a few years in the routine schedule of getting to know others.

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  3. I drank each word in! I have to share this quote I’ve been mulling over because its so appropriate to the topic… “To be love but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, we, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us” -Timothy Keller …I’m with you, I crave authenticity and depth. ❤ great post!

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  4. beautiful! I have a select few who know the real me, the whole me, the good and the bad and those people are very special to me. I think it takes time for people to open up, some people are harder to crack than others but they’re usually worth the effort. We’re all so much more than that first layer aren’t we.

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  5. This is lovely. Intense like a set of piercing eyes looking at you directly but very real. In our modern age world of Facebook posts and Instagram followers, we are getting farther away from the real us. We sometimes even convince ourselves that this polished version of us is who we really are. This gave me a pause to think. Thank you.

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  6. your article (Searching for friendship…) is extremely fascinating, it doesn’t happen that always to find such honest and interesting words, truly.
    Well, it may sound banal, but you’re not the only one feeling like this, and that may be useful to keep in mind. We are all humans, and a weird comment (someone may find it weird, someone else not) is not weird anymore if followed by an open laugh. Our perception of ourselves affects others.
    Furthermore, internet, social media etc have become both a still of salvation and a curse, up to us to make good use of them. They have an incredible power, both positive and negative, but we use to stress the negative one. Well, we try to concentrate on the good side (we manage a random video chat app called Mesh), and we believe it’s huge.
    In any case, we really appreciated your post, hope to read more soon 🙂

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  7. It is my goal to be open and honest about everything. Your true story is something that helped mild you to be who you are now…good or bad it’s a part of you. Love the post!

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