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Many people have secrets that they will never tell anyone, no matter what, and some have secrets that they will only share with an individual or a very small group of trusted people. Recently someone asked the question, “ What secret are you hiding from your family?” and boy, people delivered!
One person wrote, “I met my biological father, and he’s a lot like me. I’ve been forbidden from ever meeting the man since I was little.”
Another person added, “My parents think I graduated college. Every time I try to tell them the truth, they tell me how proud they are of me. I feel guilty, so I just play along.”
One lucky Redditor added, “I won $250k on a scratch-off ticket last year. Nobody in my family but my wife and I know.”
Another lucky person replied. “That when my inlaws passed, they left us millions–enough to retire and travel the world.”
A third person wrote, ‘How much debt I am in. I hope I don’t die or get ill cause they’d find out. They’d be so shocked and disappointed.”
One sad comment was, “I’ve been dumped by my fiancé, and I’m supposed to be getting married in December.”
Another user added, “My family thinks I proposed to my wife at a fancy dinner…. in reality, we were at a music festival coming down off MDMA at 6 AM (the sun was coming up, it was beautiful and just the perfect moment).”
A third user wrote, “That my wife and I haven’t been married for 10 years…we’ve been married for 11. We had a private, tiny, best friends only wedding and party a year before our large, public, friends and family wedding.”
One Redditor replied, “I don’t “get forced” to work holidays. I volunteer to work them to get out of family dinners.”
A second Redditor responded, “When I was doing my undergraduate degree, I worked as a prostitute for several months. I did not really need the money. I had a decent scholarship. I wanted the experience. I worked out of a legal brothel. I gave up when I got bored with it.”
A popular comment read, “I smoke pot all day, every day, and they frequently use me as an example of what you can be like if you aren’t a stoner.”
Another person added, “My parents too, and I’m afraid if they found out I smoke pot, they’d change their tune and start blaming every problem I have on smoking pot.”
One honest Redditor replied, “That I shoplift. I’m a single mom working two jobs and have primary custody of my two kids. My divorce devastated me financially, and shoplifting the basics like food, deodorant, and medicine frees up money for us to get pizza every once in a while or maybe go to a movie.”
A user wrote, “That I’m pregnant. I am in my thirties and already have two kids, but my youngest is only 6 months old. They might think I am a bit crazy.”
One Redditor replied, “That I don’t like them, I never really have liked them. I had an opening a few years ago where I could take off and never contact any of them again. Haven’t spoken to them since, and my life is a million times better.”
A third Redditor simply put, “My other family.”
A popular comment read, “That my wife came out of the closet, is seeing another woman, and now we’re in a polyamorous relationship.”
One Redditor wrote, “When I was 15/16, I had stolen my sister’s car one night and accidentally crashed into a pole, leaving a dent in the bumper. I brought it back home and awaited my fate. The next morning my brother’s car battery died, so he used my sister’s car to go to class. It was early and still dark out when he left, so he didn’t notice the dent. On his way to class, he got into a minor accident, so everyone thought the dent was from that. They still don’t know about my incident to this day.”
A user replied, “My three large tattoos – one on the outside of each thigh, and one on my left hip. My Sister knows, but my parents don’t. I’m 27 and feel like I should just get over it and tell my mom (dad wouldn’t care, but he wouldn’t be able to keep the secret), but she’s deeply traditionally conservatively Korean, and she would honestly be really sad and angry.”
A Redditor responded, “That my sister was a bully to me growing up. I was her personal scapegoat, and she was really a master manipulator.”
A second Redditor replied, “That I accidentally stepped on the end of my sister’s baby carrier thing that clicks into a car seat while she was in it. She got catapulted out. She was sleeping and still slept after I picked her up and put her back in, and ran to my room. She apparently has no damage to this day. She excels in school and is an amazing football player and track athlete. She broke some records in javelin and shot put. But I’m not telling my mom of what I did 14 years ago.”
A user commented, “I’m no longer a Muslim and also (to some degree as a consequence of that) am dating the most beautiful girl I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. My family would never approve of any of this due to religious reasons, but I try my best to live my own life regardless.”
There you have it. Redditors have plenty of secrets they have kept from their family. Do you have any secrets your family doesn’t know about?
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