Restores My Faith in Humanity

Everyone probably already knows about this place, but I wanted to mention a website called PostSecret. The first time I went, the first few secrets were about awful things people had done and I just immediately went away. I didn’t need more reminders of how much we can suck at times. But I went back a few months ago and, well, it’s hard to describe. Yes, people admit to mistakes they’ve made or the not-so-great stuff they continue to do, but taken as a whole, it’s more about vulnerability, and being human, and there are all kinds of other secrets, large and small, and most of them, in their way, show endless beauty in the very frailty they reveal. I always feel much better after having read them. I can’t thank the guy who created this site enough (Frank Warren), or the people who send in their secrets.

I must have one I can share. But I have to say, I went into therapy when I was in my twenties, and after experiencing the joy and “the truth shall set you free” feeling of telling secrets, I don’t usually keep them. Although knowing how people are, I’m sure I have plenty I’ve conveniently forgotten.

In other news, I went to a West Coast Swing class yesterday. I tried to learn before about ten years ago and had trouble, and guess what? I’m still having trouble! I walked home thinking, “Is there NOTHING I am naturally good at??” The answer was a big fat NO, but I decided there were worse problems than having to work hard at everything you want to do.

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Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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3 thoughts on “Restores My Faith in Humanity

  1. Karen, you are so nice. And Nadine, right?? I love how he kisses her head before they start. I wish he was my dance partner. Plus he’s a great dancer. (So is she.)

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