I am so excited for our guest today.
We became FAST friends.
We have more in common than we thought…
I am so honored to have her share her heart today….
Take it away Erika.
When Lindsay asked me to write a guest post, she kept it pretty open. And in doing so– probably without realizing it– she issued me a challenge: a challenge to be as honest as she is on a daily basis.
In high school I prided myself on being tough and having it “all together.” In college I suddenly realized that if I wanted real relationships, then I needed to be honest– with myself and with others that I did not have it all together.
I believe that everyone has their “stuff”– their “baggage”– the things that they carry with them, and the things that make them who they are today. We may look at others and think that their lives are perfect, but I’ve come to learn now that the “perfect” is a facade.
My “perfect” is that I struggled with depression in high school. My “perfect” is that I was diagnosed with a panic disorder nearly 14 years ago and I’ve been on medication ever since. My “perfect” is that I fear what others think of me because of this.
Everyone has their secrets and their struggles– for me to think that I’m not the only one is to be woefully naive. What’s beautiful about life is that God has called us to walk with other people, to learn about other people’s trials, past and current pains and struggles and love them in spite and because of it all.
This is something I’m still learning. But I invite you to honestly, along with Lindsay and I. Maybe not online– maybe only a confession to a dear friend– but consider it a challenge to share those secrets with others.
Thanks, Lindsay, for having me over here and presenting this challenge.