National Honesty DayChrissa Hardy

Honesty can be a tricky little bugger.  In most situations, I’ve found that honesty is synonymous with bravery, because telling someone the truth can create a very frightening unknown.  What will they think of me?  Will I get in trouble?  Will this change our relationship?  While there will always be situations in which lies or fibs are needed to protect others, I feel it is imperative to always be honest with yourself.

My only regrets in life are centered around moments in which I was not my true self.  I faked an interest to match someone else’s or I hid one of my own due to embarrassment or fear of not seeming “cool” enough. Because these moments are far enough behind me, I can see how ridiculous and unnecessary they were.  Did I really need to tell that guy in high school that I thought Scary Movie was hilarious and that his Cartman impression was amazing even though I found both of them equally lame?  I’m pretty sure I also told him I loved Korn even though the music and the members of the band terrified me.

My parents are awesome folks and always encouraged me to pursue my interests no matter what anyone else thought.  Unfortunately, the time in your life when your parents’ advice is most valuable, actually taking it seems about as cool as curfews and chess club .  So it was wasted on me.  Sorry guys!  I get it now.  Fitting into someone else’s idea of “cool” doesn’t get you anywhere.  Ever wonder how Tina Fey, Adele and Zooey Deschanel achieved their level of success?  It certainly wasn’t because they blended in.  All trends are started by one brave individual who dared to be different.

So in honor of National Honesty Day, I encourage you to be you.  I encourage you to break free of the constant hum of other people’s opinions.  Be happy, be free and be you Just because I saw that on the inside of a candy wrapper, doesn’t make it any less true.

Caution: Liz Lemon-style truth bombs being dropped below.  Liz Lemon-style meaning unflinchingly honest with a side of awkward.

1.)  My first celebrity crush was Cameron from Ferris Bueller.  I was two years old, and whenever he popped on the screen in that hockey jersey and suspenders, I blushed and covered my eyes.

2.) The presents and constant praise made being an only child pretty rad.  However, I did get lonely once in awhile.  To remedy this, I created an imaginary older brother named Jared.  He had long brown hair and loved rollerblading.  Jared was the cool older brother that drove me to school and protected me from bullies.  Jared was my little secret until at a parent-teacher meeting, my teacher showed my parents a family portrait I had made that had the four of us standing hand in hand.  When my teacher asked, “So how old is your son, Jared?”  I’ll bet my parents contemplated running straight out of the classroom but settled on just being pleased that I was a good speller.  D-E-T-R-I-M-E-N-T-A-L, boom.

3.)  When I was 11, I faked a sprained ankle to get out of going to summer camp so I could stay home and watch recorded episodes of Seinfeld on VHS tapes.

4.) I once challenged a guy to a pizza eating contest on a first date because I thought he’d be impressed.  Yes, I won the contest but nope, no second date.

By the way, I’m Chrissa.  Pleased to meet you.

Feel free to drop your own truth bombs in the spirit of this freeing holiday in the comment section below.

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  1. Ah, yet another testament to the power of candy :)

  2. I yawn saying “Ross caaaan”

  3. You guys are so inspiring! Keep dropping those truth bombs, we only have a few hours left of this spectacular holiday!
    Here’s another from me: I believed in Santa until I was 15 years old. My parents did a wonderful job of making Christmas a magical time and I stretched it out as long as I possibly could.
    Also- I’m convinced that HelloGiggles readers are the best on the planet. BOOM

  4. I’m addicted to soft serve ice cream. I had a crush on Macaulay Culkin when home alone came out, I think I was 8. I still think Elijah Wood is good looking. I can only take small doses of some people or I get sort of rude to them. I tend to blame myself a lot for things that aren’t my fault in order to not argue. I think about wanting to be a mommy every day. I have a hard time reminding myself to use the walker and walk now instead of using my power chair (I’ve been in this thing for 3 years and its hard to change my habits). I terrified of getting behind the wheel to drive since I haven’t driven a car for as long as I’ve been in a wheel chair. I’m worried about my health care needs once they take me off of disability. I really want to go to school to be an artist or illustrator or graphic designer, but I think I’m too poor and I’m afraid people will not like my skill level. I don’t think Johnny Depp is sexy because of his body and looks so much as the attitude and personality that he has. His mysteriousness also is a huge bang for his mojo. I use to think Tom Selleck was extremely hot. I think Sam Elliot’s voice is as sexy as Sean Connery’s and I’m 30 years old.

    • Oh and I cry at the silliest things, like happy endings on movies, poems about God, and even cartoon happy endings. I was not like this until I turned 21, and ever since then, I can not stop.

  5. I’ve always wondered if it was exhausting to be a liar. Knowing who you told what and when, keeping your stories straight, thinking up something in a tight situation. It’s just too much work. It is so much easier just to say what you mean. Of course, with the sensitivity of people, it can be dangerous. I don’t mean to make people cry, I’m just extremely blunt and to the point. Sometimes the truth hurts, but it helps.

    1 – I would love to set my husband up on a date with Zooey as a Christmas, Birthday, or well because I love him present. No, it wouldn’t bother me if he went on a date with Zooey. He’s loyal like a puppy and it would just make his year. That and I need to top the time I flew him up to see his best friend, whom he hadn’t seen in several years.
    2 – I love dogs more than people and loathe having to deal with some of my customers.
    3 – I dream of moving to New Zealand when my son turns eighteen and moves out.
    4 – I’ve already told my son he has to move out as soon as he graduates high school; he’s only 8.

    • Oh my gosh, I love dogs more than people too. I’m convinced that my dog, Sullivan, understands me more than any human has before. LOVE THIS!

      Chrissa Hardy | 4/30/2012 06:04 pm
  6. If only it was that easy. Humans are selfish by nature, and sometimes being “you” means being a jerk. Anyway:
    1-I watch the Golden Girls
    2-I cry during national anthems and fighter jet fly overs
    3-I have a serious crush on Zooey

    • I cry during national anthems too. I have no control over it. Especially when I’m in the stands. And it’s hard yell and cheer like a die-hard fan when tears are rolling your face.

  7. O.k., lets be honest – I love the smell of coconut, sunsets in Hawaii, and Zooey Deschanel. There I said it. Great article Chrissa. Lots of good writers on this Giggles…

  8. Wow this is nice..

  9. In second grade I went to school with my McDonalds Happy Meal phone and tried to convince people it was a real phone..I believed they believed me. I tried to convince my younger sister that I had an evil twin when we were little…I played with Barbies for wayyyy too long, and I still play dress up at the age of 25

    • Dress up is awesome! Thank goodness for Halloween or I’d have a hard time getting out my costume-obsessed-energy.

    • To the person who loves dress up, I also love Dress Up and i’m 22!!! (of course, I’m a fashion designer in training so every day is like dress up for me :P). But I wear a tiara every year on my birthday, and dress with outrageous spirit for every holiday (halloween costumes, christmas colors, easter bunny ears, red white and blue for the 4th of July ) Yes I do wear these out in public. I love my holidays, and screw the people who don’t understand my passion for spreading silly-go-happy-ness :D

  10. I’m honest all the time, but the only time I’m not is when I have feelings for someone, I’m one to keep to himself cause I always had bad relationships and I don’t want to run into another bad one so I just try not to show my feelings for anyone even if I like them.

  11. Haha When i

  12. Hi, I’m Emily. Let’s be best friends?