Stop Hiding

Stop making excuses. Stop backing down. Believe what you believe, and don’t be ashamed of it. I understand if you don’t want to take my survey. Tell me as much. Don’t pretend that you aren’t home. Don’t tell your boyfriend to say you aren’t there. Don’t tell your wife to take the survey for you. Just say you aren’t interested.
Don’t tell me you’re busy if you’re not, tell me that you’re not interested. Don’t make excuses in order to save yourself a little bit of guilt. Stop expecting that you can get something for nothing.
If you don’t like me, tell me. If you don’t like what I believe, tell me. If you think you’re better than me, tell me. If you think maybe I don’t like you, ask. I don’t have time to coddle your insecurities if you don’t have time to be straight with me. Your problems are not my problems. I will help you with them, if you ask. If I want your help, I will ask.
You are not better than me. I am not better than you. A friend told me once that I needed to stop letting my pride get in the way of my life. An author told me that I needed to love myself before I could be happy letting anyone else love me. Now I’m telling you to do the same, because you’re my friend, too.
It will be hard. It will be a change. If you can’t do it, I am willing to help you. If you won’t do it, I have no patience for you in my life. You are who you are. You are not facts about yourself. You are not lies about yourself. You are you. If you can’t deal with being you, figure out why.
Stand up. Be yourself. Tell the truth, and don’t apologize for it.
I’m not just talking about my job. If you think I might be talking to you, I am. Think about it.

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