August 23rd, 2012. I’ll forever remember that day as the day I realized what the truth is.
The last two months of my life have taught me a lot about people, and more importantly, given me a chance to re-examine my own life. Through it all, the shock and hurt of losing something I loved due to no apparent wrongdoing, all the way to finding out there is a world outside of what my career tells me I need to do… the one fact that got me through it all was the fact that I never compromised my integrity.
Truth is a funny thing. It’s the one thing we all say we want out of life, but at the same time, probably tops the list of what upsets us the most when we find out one person’s truth isn’t the same as our own.
Let me give you an example of what I'm trying to talk about. Without going into details, I recently found myself at an impasse. I could have followed the examples I've been given and make up some b-s story without ever actually giving a reason for my decision, or I could tell the truth. I was making a decision that would not only affect my life, but the lives of some people around me. I had a choice to make… an and I chose to be completely honest with why I made my decision.
To avoid beating a dead horse, let's face the fact that there are many who will take the b-s route. I guess it works for them– they get what they want, and they don’t really have to be accountable. When we ask ourselves “what’s wrong with the world today?” the simple matter is, too many of us are afraid to tell the truth.
Why wouldn’t we be? The truth sucks. People HATE the truth, because frankly, the truth is emotionless.
However, how the truth affects us all… that’s a different story all together.
The truth is about courage. The truth is about respect. The truth, as cheesy as it sounds, sets you free.
I can’t always guarantee I’ll tell you “everything”, because frankly, who wants to hear “everything”?
As sure as I write these words, I can guarantee you that whatever I do tell you, will be the truth.