It takes a lot to bare it all on a blog. It takes being okay with people in your "real life" knowing what is going on when you share posts that are real and raw. It takes being okay with people in the blog world seeing a part of you that they may not like, or may disagree with. It's not easy to know exactly how much to give and how much to hold back.
There are times I'm dying to get real in hopes that others are either comforted, inspired, or can comfort or inspire me. Sometimes I just need to get it out before my heart explodes. Those are the posts that make your heart come up in your throat as you click "Publish". There are other times I intentionally hold back to respect someone in my life or keep boundaries in place where they're needed the most.
There are posts that I wish I could share with you all out in the blogging world, but keep from a handful of people in my "real life". But then I think that, aside from necessary boundaries, it's unhealthy in a way. What if we just got to the point as a society where it was okay when someone said, "You know what....no. I'm not okay". How much pain could we avoid if we simply let what was in our heart out and quit getting dressed up everyday in our favorite masks.
What if instead of a bunch of people walking around protected behind their masks, there were a bunch of people walking around being real with each other and accepting that it's not always perfect or pretty and loving each other still. For me, at least, the real and raw posts I've ever shared have been worth it no matter how emotionally hard they are to put into words.
At least for me, I've come to the conclusion that I'm not being honest with myself or others if I'm not communicating what's on the inside. Sometimes that means resistance from others, but sometimes I come across those who accept that not everything needs to look okay and bare their burdens, however different they may be, as they walk beside me. And that makes it worth it.
What is your policy on "baring it all"? Do you think there are limits, or do you think it's helpful to be 100% transparent about your life and struggles? Do you think it's important to be absolutely real, no matter how imperfect it looks?