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In the complex network of family ties, there are often thoughts and secrets we keep to ourselves, hesitant to reveal them to our loved ones. “What is something you would never admit to your family?” Delving into the depths of our minds, we confront the unexpressed longings, anxieties, and remorse that remain concealed.
Secretly Disliking Family Members
A very honest person replied, “I actually really don’t like them as people. I love my family and would do anything for them, but sweet Jesus, I think I’d rather be alone again.”
A Hidden Romantic Relationship
To start, a user commented, “I’m bisexual. I’m not ashamed of it at all. I’m out to everyone non-family. I’ve been with my boyfriend for 4 years, and I just see no reason to risk them freaking out about it, and I’m not that close with them anyway.”
Unfulfilled Career Aspirations
A user said, “I am about to fail university. I struggle but can’t tell them because they are proud of me.”
Non-Traditional Lifestyle Choices
A Redditor said, “That I’m actually married already. My (now) husband and I ran off and got married early due to some personal issues, and COVID didn’t help. We’re set the get “married” in November. His immediate family knows, and my friends do, but DEFINITELY not my mother. She would have a fit. I’m waiting till I get my stimulus check if she ever finds out so I can give her the money back if she wants it for my dress.”
A second Redditor replied, “I went to a brothel while I was in Germany, and it was amazing.”
Doubts About Religious Beliefs
A popular comment was, “Probably that I don’t believe in God anymore.”
Sensual Preferences or Fantasies
One person simply put, “Fetishes, lol.”
A second person said, “I met a random Redditor for s****x and quite enjoyed it.”
One person replied, “My actual political opinions. It’s not that different from them, but a lot of the time, I don’t entirely agree with them. I just pretend I do. It’s not like they’re being morally fu****ed up or anything. I just don’t have the energy nor the heart to get into a political debate that could change what they think of me.”
Mental Health Struggles
A user said, “I don’t feel like part of the family. I feel like I don’t belong and like I am just a substitute for when my brother isn’t around. I don’t feel respected or wanted. I feel like my girlfriend’s family likes me more than they do.”
A second user added, “My first thought when I found out my wife was pregnant was “Now I have something else to live for.” I was struggling harder with my mental health than I cared to admit to anyone, even myself. The news that I would have a baby to look after got me to get remedicated and sought therapy.“
One popular comment was, “I would never tell my mom that I don’t like her cooking.”
Another comment was, “Both of my parents are professional cooks. They will never know I enjoy Velveeta, Beefaroni, and Bologna. The shame.”
Hidden Financial Success
A hilarious confession was, “That I handcraft/cast in silicone, nerdy s****x toys and pay bills with dong money.”
Another said, “My extended family thinks I’ve had no career or salary advancement for ten years. I play a bumbling idiot with them who just can’t catch a break. The reason being, they’re a cavalcade of self-inflicted stories and gofundme grifters. I don’t want to be hit up for “loans” every other week. I’m actually a senior manager at an established consulting firm.”
Secret Dreams or Ambitions
A user replied, “Coming from a Muslim family…basically anything that has to do with my beliefs and almost everything I do. I live quite the ‚haram‘ (Islamically forbidden) lifestyle, but I don’t identify with that religion anymore, so it’s okay for me. Also, I’m lgbt+, so there’s that. Never an option to come out for me. I’m not really sad about it. It’s not my fault that my parents guilt me with everything I ever told them. I just know I won’t do the same with any future children I might have :).”
Past Mistakes or Wrongdoings
A very funny comment was, “That I accidentally got her (my mom) a non-vegetarian hot dog one time. I just didn’t think when I was ordering. She thought it was the best veggie dog ever and had a great night’s sleep that night. I will take that to the grave with me.”
Hidden Addiction or Substance Abuse
One user said, “I’m a recovering alcoholic and drug addict at 24. They all warned me that my entire family was full of them, but I thought I was different. 105 days sober.”
Another user added, “I used to smoke meth. I’ve been clean for 13 years now, and they’ll never know!”
True Feelings About Family Traditions
An honest Redditor replied, “I really don’t enjoy spending time with them. I’ve been the black sheep since I was a child, and it sucks when the entire family thinks of you as “the mean one,” then wonder why you don’t have any interest in spending time with them.”
Another comment said, “This is way too scary. I was molested repeatedly as a young boy by a neighbour for about a year. An older kid who was evidently really f up. Having low self-esteem as I did, I knew it was wrong but didn’t know what to do and somehow felt responsible for it. I eventually told my mom, but she didn’t believe me, I think because she didn’t want to deal with the fact that she left me alone way too much as a child.”
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