It takes great strength to do just that. Few people ever do it. Are you one of them? Most of us have information that we do not want others to learn, yet when our closets are finally opened there comes with it pain and liberation. No, we all do not have large skeletons that we have to fear, yet everyone has examples of embarrassment, failure, missed opportunities that hold us back. Maybe we have been burned in the past and we are more careful about what we share. We stay in our comfort zone by keeping to ourselves and not truly admitting who we are. I am not proposing you climb to the tallest mountain and shout to the world your story. However, I am proposing you open up to those people who are important in your life…your husband, your wife, your kids, your parents, the people around you that you see every day, a far away friend. And if you don’t have any of these any more, then I submit to you if you want to live as full a life as possible and to be truly happy….then go learn how to be a friend. Not a Twitter friend, not a Facebook friend, not a text friend….but a real, live, breathing friend.
In an age when 20% of our population has admitted to no close personal friendships and another 40% having only one friend. Is it any wonder we may have lost our ability to become a friend and to connect with people?
Let’s change direction….and change our own state…go get to know the people around you. If you haven’t had a real conversation with someone this week…then start one with your mom, your dad, your brother or sister, your neighbor, your coworker, your grocery clerk, your delivery person, your teacher, your accountant, your garage collector, your town clerk……
….if you want a challenge, if you are up for a challenge….then admit who you really are, and start changing your friendships, your happiness, your life. Learning how to communicate with others may be the one skill, if honed, can change your level of happiness in the world overnight. It starts with admitting who you are.