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Confess your deepest secrets here, anonymously, if you'd prefer

I won't judge

submitted by Anonymous, age x, x
(October 15, 2020 - 1:43 pm)

Two things: First, my friend has now told me my art is bad multiple times. The first time I didn't mind much because it was just a quick drawing for a 5ish frame animation, but now she's told me that a drawing that I actually put a lot of effort into is bad. I feel like I should just drop it.. but it's hard.

The other thing: One of my friend stold me my other friend had a crush on me. I didn't completely believe him. Then another one of my friends said the same thing, and then another actually said it out loud to everyone, and then the friend that had a crush on me actually said he did too. This hasn't happened to me before so I'm kinda overwhelmed. 

submitted by Not telling
(November 14, 2020 - 12:35 pm)

I'm not going to say that I know your art is good because I haven't seen it, and that would be meaningless. Do you feel proud of your art? Great! Then you should keep doing it! It's okay if your art isn't up to the standards of a professional artist, or even if you don't think it's as good as other people's art. It'll get better the more you do it, and more than that, it's okay whether it's "good" or not. Whether art is "good" is really rather subjective, and it's beside the point. You should keep doing art because you enjoy it, and you shouldn't stop doing it just because someone said something rather rude and hurtful about your passions. In fact, you should maybe tell your friend that what she's saying is mean and ask her to stop critiquing your artwork.

I'm sorry to say that I can't help with your second confession because I have basically no experience with crushes... sorry! 

Thank you, Kitten. Unfortunately, I think I accidentally deleted the second sentence of your comment. Please resubmit it, if it's important. Sorry!


submitted by Kitten, age too young, to vote
(November 14, 2020 - 3:18 pm)

That's okay, Admin! The second sentence was something like: Do you enjoy doing art? Great!

submitted by Kitten, age too young, to vote
(November 14, 2020 - 8:40 pm)

Ok, sending bad vibes to the friend that doesn't like your art via brain waves right now. I'm not sorry.
About your art, don't take what they said to heart. As my own worst critic, even with all the judging I've done to my own art, I've persued it because it's something I like to do. I love my art. I know I can't replicate the Mona Lisa, and that's okay. If your art makes you happy, stick with it.

submitted by Tomat
(November 14, 2020 - 4:49 pm)

(@Not telling)

submitted by Tomat
(November 15, 2020 - 8:58 am)

Well, idk about the second thing because no one's ever had a crush on me (to my knowledge) but...

OKAY THAT "FRIEND" is being sooo jerky right now. We should come up with a CB-appropriate name that everyone can use as an insult. Anyways, like Kitten, I'm not going to just say that your art is awesome bc I don't know what it looks like, but if you like it you should keep going. Keep practicing! I think if you anonymously submitted a piece of artwork on the CB and you asked for advice, tons of people would come and give their two cents. Also, please. If that friend keeps hurting you (mentally) like this, do something. Ignore them, avoid them, tell a teacher, do something to keep you safe and happy. 

Tofix says ktoia. I don't KnOw WhAT tHaT MeAnSsSssS 

submitted by Jubilee@Not telling, age unknown , the stratosphere
(November 16, 2020 - 7:00 am)

Part of my secret isn't really a secret, and it's that I have misophonia. For anyone who doesn't know, it's a disorder where specific sounds trigger really strong emotional reactions. The sounds that trigger me are metal on glass and pencils without erasers on paper. I'm really lucky cause most of my family takes it really seriously and goes out of their way not to make the sounds, except for my dad. He acts like he cares about it when I talk about it, but then he doesn't make any effort to stop making the sounds. So my secret is that my dad stresses me out a ton. And my misophonia isn't the only thing he's bad about; he doesn't take anything I do seriously and never has. It's gotten so much worse in quarantine when he has to work from home since he's literally ALWAYS AROUND. 

Now I'm going to stop before this turns into a rant about my dad, sorry. 
submitted by IAmAnonymousForever
(November 15, 2020 - 10:35 am)

I'm really sorry to hear that. I don't have any experience with misophnia, but I know I stinks to have someone act like they care and then completely ignore something. I hope this gets better for you.

submitted by @IAmAnonymousForever
(November 15, 2020 - 11:00 am)

Thanks, that's really nice to hear. 

submitted by IAmAnonymousForever
(November 15, 2020 - 4:13 pm)

I actually have misophonia, too! The sounds that trigger me the most (and believe me, I get grossed out, even, when I start hearing these things) are metal on metal, anything clinky, and...*sigh* paper rustling. 

Tell your dad that you are seriously being grossed out or something. *winces* I feel you. My family has an annual dinner, and there's alot of glasses clinking, sometimes I have to lock myself up in my room, put on earphones and blast music on them, then start drawing, in order to stop hearing the sounds. 

I also have insomnia, am seriously not feeling good about myself right now, and I'm nonbinary, so yeah! Always remember that you are blessed by others around you. 

Maybe that came out as rude, but I didn't intend it to. If it was rude, I am so sorry, and I apologize. 

I also have a friend who has trypophobia so me and my friends have to be extremely careful when posting pictures. 


submitted by Nightfall
(November 16, 2020 - 12:08 am)

Thanks for saying everything, I'm glad to know someone else has part of my problem too. I figured out I had it pretty recently, so I don't know what I'm gonna do this Christmas dinner with all the glass dishes...I like drawing and music too so maybe I'll try that. 

None of it was rude! Actually it all really helped. I struggle a lot with feeling good about myself too.
This might not help but you should always feel good about yourself because no matter who you are you are awesome!!! (Sorry if that came out sounding cringy, I'm not the best with words.)
I actually know someone who hasn't officially diagnosed himself with misophonia but has a reaction to paper rustling too, so you're not alone! And your not alone with the clinky noises either...wait, I already said I hate those. Sorry. 
Anyway, thanks for the reply. It means a lot. 
submitted by IAmAnonymousForever
(November 16, 2020 - 2:42 pm)

@I am anonymous That stinks! You should totally talk to your Dad. So my secret is i have imaginary friends and i love pretending i'm meeting my fave book charactersand helping them out. Also I love the tv shows Tales of Arcadia on netflix.

submitted by LikeI'mTelling, age ??????????, LikeI'mTelling
(November 16, 2020 - 2:13 pm)

I'm kind of similar! At night, I will act out scenes where I'm a sidekick with the main character (like Harry Potter) and help them out go on adventures. Or I'll make something up like I'm trapped with someone and we have to escape.

submitted by Incognito, age ∞, Universe
(November 16, 2020 - 3:03 pm)

@LikeI'mTelling I love pretending to meet my favorite book characters too!!! Actually when I was younger I literally used to spend most of the day pretending I was in my favorite books/movies/tv shows. And I still do it sometimes to get through like a really hard school day or something 

submitted by Sabine
(November 16, 2020 - 3:13 pm)

@LikeI'mTelling, same! At night when I'm trying to fall asleep, I imagine myself as the sidekick of my favorite character, or sometimes even that character. At one point, I think I was Percy Jackson going to Hogwarts and then I had to save the character in the book I'm writing. I also have imaginary friends, and I talk to myself a lot. Sometimes at night I just say, "go to sleep!" "I'm not tired" "still go to sleep" (later) "let me go to sleep be quiet STOP BEING SO LOUD GET THAT SONG OUT OF MY HEAD" out loud. And hen sometimes I'm alone and just tell myself everything I'm thinking. 

Deku says aygoo. Ay go? Alright, I'll go do my homework.
submitted by Lizardo
(November 16, 2020 - 5:41 pm)