Things I’m Afraid To Tell You

There’s this small but growing movement called Things I’m Afraid To Tell You.  It started with Jess Constable of Makeunder My Life and then turned into something bigger with a life of its own via Ez of Creature Comforts (click through to see the list and read some of the entries; they will amaze you).  The idea is to share something with your blogging audience that you’re afraid to put out there.  It’s pushing your comfort zone – either a little or a lot.

I try to be open and honest when I’m writing here, but I’m not telling the whole story.  Really, I don’t think many bloggers do. It’s not necessarily that we’re trying to hide anything – but you usually are getting only a slice of a blogger’s life when you read their posts.

So a few things I’m afraid to tell you:

  • Sometimes I absolutely hate living alone.  Most of the time, I don’t.  I am rarely bored and can always find ways to keep myself occupied.  But coming home regularly to a house completely devoid of people – or even pets – sometimes really, really sucks.
  • I hate being a homeowner.  It was fun for awhile, when it was new.  But I’ve been living in houses – and taking care of them by myself – for nearly 15 years.  And I’m done.  The outside of my house looks like crap and my basement is a mess.  I’d give anything to move to an apartment and get rid of 2/3 of what I own. But my house is worth far less than what I owe, so I’m stuck here whether I like it or not.
  • I talk rather vaguely about my work background, mostly because I don’t like the way it looks on paper.  In my 28 years of working, I’ve had 11 jobs at 8 different companies – and working for myself is actually job number 12.  I usually talk about how much experience I have and how I’m very good at learning new things – but most of the time I’m afraid people are going to think I’m flaky and indecisive.
  • I have this terrible fear that I’m not living up to my potential.  I can’t state it any more clearly than that.  Just that I’m going to look back at my life at some point with regret for something I didn’t do.  I’m trying to get better, but it’s something I struggle with every day.

The irony is that this is the fourth post I started today.  And somehow it was easier to write and came together much better than the previous three attempts.

What are you afraid to tell?


  1. says

    I can completely relate to points 3 and 4! As for not telling the whole story, there probably are some things we should keep private from our blog audiences. That said, I think it’s good to post on different topics so we don’t become a one-trick-pony. We’re still real people with well rounded lives outside of our blog. But what do you share, and how much? This blogging stuff is HARD for us introverts!

    • Susan says

      One of the things I actually like about blogging is that I can talk about stuff I want to talk about — but I can also keep things private when I want to. I think we all need to remember that a blog is not showing our whole lives. You’re right — we do need to keep some things private! Thanks for commenting. :)


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