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    • Shelly DS says

      We share more than a name, I tell you! But if you are like me, I’m sure you have your circle of trusted die-hards who keep you sane 😉

  1. petespringerauthor says

    I’m one to open up more, but it has to be the right forum. There are certain trusted friends I share my innermost feelings with, and curiously on my blog. It feels safe here to me and people don’t seem to judge as much. I’m going to meet two blogger friends in person next month, and I’m excited about that.

    I always wonder and worry about my fellow bloggers when I haven’t heard anything from them in a while. Happy Easter, Shelly!

    • Shelly DS says

      Haha Pete you seem to be an extremely open book. I feel like after one coffee meet with you, I would be able to write your biography 😛
      Sorry for the silence… I started a new role in my job and it is sucking the life out of me 😀
      Happy belated Easter to you too!

  2. beth says

    growing up, I was very shy and quiet and the older I became the more I opened up, and after sometimes being burned, I was more careful who I opened up to. now I tend to be very open, because I truly care less about what people think of me. I try to be a good person, do the best I can, and do what I think it right, without hurting others. I am who I am, like me or not.

    • Shelly DS says

      I love this Beth! They do say that with age comes wisdom, so it’s amazing that you’re using each passing year to your advantage. I find myself on either end of the extremes so I’m hoping that my heart catches up to my age one day!

  3. Poorwa Vishwakarma says

    I think I’m more open up online with my blogging friends than in real life. It’s very easy to share and express happy and exciting feelings with anyone but you gotta be more careful to share your deep thoughts because you never know the person you open up to will understand your feelings or not. No one else can listen to my thoughts better than myself.

    • Shelly DS says

      That’s an interesting one Poorwa… I actually assumed you would be a very open social butterfly with the people in your life. I can tell that you have many close friends who love and care for you.

      • Poorwa Vishwakarma says

        Yes, you’re right. I’m lucky to have such good friends in my life and online friends like you with whom I can share my feelings that I don’t feel like sharing with my IRL people:)

  4. Delicate and brutal says

    I used to be very closed off because time and time again my emotions, thoughts, and vulnerabilities were used against me by family, coworkers, and friends. I felt betrayed so I put walls up around my heart. It took me A LONG TIME to warm up to people and feel a connection to where I felt safe enough to be vulnerable with them. But after I became sick and had a flood of people show genuine care and concern for Glenn and I, my heart softened and the walls started coming down. Some of these people were friends, some were complete strangers. But these were people who were CHOOSING to be a part of our life because they wanted too. It didn’t matter how sick I was, or how much weight I was gaining from the prednisone, or how sad Glenn felt about my conditions. What mattered (and still matters) is we gained a support network that cares about us as much as we care about them. And to me..that’s worth opening up 😀

    • Shelly DS says

      Gosh Amy, each time you reveal more about yourself I respect you even more. You are one hell of a woman! I also think that the fact so many people choose to be in your life despite the challenges is a reflection of how awesome you are! 🙂

  5. AmethystAP says

    I am usually the one to bottle it up. The only person I really open up to is my partner. Everyone else, no. You really have to work to get me to reveal the inner working of my mind and share vulnerable moments. There are times I wish I can find a close friendship where I am free to share my thoughts. Like, you this blog is my outlet. It so much easier to reveal parts of yourself here on the big wide web than to put yourself out there to those close to you. It’s lonely sometimes though and I dream of finding a sisterhood of women that I can trust to hold space for me. Thanks for sharing.
    I forgot you started a YouTube channel. Will be checking that out.

    • Shelly DS says

      Yeah you do peg me as one to keep everything to yourself, but it’s great you have your person! Sometimes one person is really all you need. And isn’t it funny how it’s easier to share yourself with complete strangers online than in person with friends?!
      PS: thanks for joining my little YouTube family 🙂

  6. Owen - Living PF says

    These days I’m very selective about who i open up to. If something is really bothering me i write it down and spend time basically being my own therapist lool. I agree where you say trust is earned and like yourself i too don’t always aspire to form relationships with those who are “big” be it work place or socially. Never endeavoured to get next to the “cool kids” in school. I’ve grown to despise disingenuous relationships even with family

    • Shelly DS says

      Gosh Darren, you’re still alive! So glad to hear from you after so long – where have you been hiding? And I’m glad that you are staying true to yourself in the most important way.

  7. bosssybabe says

    I’ve done both in my life… earlier in life I kept a lot of my feelings to myself (I was afraid of being wrong, being judged) but I learned that if we never express how we feel, we are never going to be close to what we actually want and deserve in life… for me, it’s all about deliver sometimes and perspective… how you perceive and deliver your communication… Sorry this happened to you.. breaking trust or friendships is hard.. in the end you have to know that you are true to yourself and that’s all you can be.

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks J. I’m glad you’ve found a happy medium that keeps your feelings safeguarded but also allows you to express yourself! 🙂 In my case, I got bitten and will learn from this.

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