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I feel extra-specially free when I don't pretend to know things that I don't.
How much time do you spend pretending to know it all?
I'm guilty. This almost exclusively happens when I'm in on-the-spot situations, usually with people that I'm not comfortable with. I never want to appear ignorant or uninformed, especially if I think that the topic is something that I should know about. So sometimes I pretend to know things that I don't. But this kind of 'faking it' can lead to awkward situations that are way more embarrassing than it would have been to just admit the truth.
A lot of us temper our truths a bit in order to get by. We pretend so we can cope. We pretend so we can fit in. We pretend to avoid judgment. Sometimes, we pretend just for fun. And other times we pretend because we don’t know who we are.
Once you start pretending - telling a story about yourself that isn't completely true - you feel like you need to maintain that story, keep up the facade. As a result, you drain your energy, you feel anxiety, you worry about being found out.
Who has time for that? It's much simpler to let yourself be human and be okay with not knowing everything.
And of course I have to ask, what makes you feel free?!
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