What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be.

Friday, December 2, 2011 | Robyn Kowalski

Over the last couple of days I’ve been watching quite a few “my secrets”, “confession cards”, and “if you knew me” videos and have been blown away by the openness and bravery these people display with their vulnerability. We all have secrets, insecurities and ways of masking who we are, what we think and how we deal. For the first time, a generation is able to open up to anyone in the world through social media, share common issues and concerns as well as learn from and support complete strangers. We are united and learning how truly small this world is.


The sad thing is this ability isn’t always bringing us together; we should be embracing this! We can learn firsthand about different cultures, religions, beliefs from those who live it each day. This should make us more tolerant. Too often it doesn’t. Bullying is still an issue and now it’s leaving the school yard; facebook, twitter, tumblr, etc are all being used to tear people down and it’s now even coming from complete strangers.


The truth is, no one’s life is perfect, we all have secrets, confessions and the times when we want to say, if you really knew me, but too often we are scared that someone will take advantage of our weaknesses. We are all in this together, we have so many opportunities to support each other and grow together to make a great future. Don’t allow anyone to take your self-worth away from you! Stand up for each other! And remember, what screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be.