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The Liberation of Posting a Confession

July 22, 2011

This week we have a guest blog, written by Sarah Damsky.

Everyone has secrets, and everyone has confessions. However, most people keep these secrets to themselves because they think that what they have done, experienced, or witnessed is so strange, weird, or uncommon that no one else can relate… This could not be further from the truth. In a Tumblr blog I recently started, people have the ability to anonymously submit and post their confessions, sharing them with the world and helping them to let go of that one little thing they felt like they couldn’t tell anybody.

These confessions have been from as light as: “I still sleep with a teddy-bear,” to as heavy as: “I feel responsible for my parents’ divorce.” What is even more interesting about this phenomenon, however, is the amount of people that “like” or “re-blog” these posts. People who previously thought they had habits or secrets that no one else could relate to are shocked to find out that hundreds of people have been re-blogging and sharing their confession with others. The site not only gives people a safe environment to share those facts that constantly weigh them down, it also gives them a sense of reassurance. It helps them realize that they are not as alone or strange as they really feel that they are, and that maybe sharing these deep thoughts can lead to friendships, and eventually community.

While we might be embarrassed or ashamed by our own secrets and confessions, it is important to remember that we are all human. If we have done it, someone else probably has as well. We all learn from our mistakes, but perhaps by sharing our stories and secrets, (albeit anonymously), we can help others learn from our mistakes and experiences as well.

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 22, 2011 6:30 pm

    Go Sarah! Great idea!

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