*Yes, this is somewhat in response to the athlete coming out, but really, it's about a general attitude of people, and even with my own issues.*
People are on this kick about being honest about not having it all together. The problem with that, I think, is that I get the impression some people don't try anymore.
I know people say, "You don't have to be perfect." However, behind that, there's supposed to be, "You're supposed to do your best." I don't hear it and I don't see it.
It used to be, you pretended you had it all together, and people believed it. And everybody was like that. This person had it all together, so the next person had to too, and then so on... And certain things just weren't done and talked about.
In that, I don't think following the crowd was bad. Tradition is its own strength. And just because it's traditional, doesn't mean it's wrong.
My point in all of this is, Clean your closet before you come out of it. Everybody has struggles. That's fine. It's when you're okay with your problems and you stop caring and then people who are watching you stop caring because you don't care, and then nobody cares... See my point? There's plenty of different types of people in the world. People who are open about not having it all together have reached their quota. The world needs people who at least give the illusion of having it all together so we have some kind of standard to live up to.
Nobody's perfect. If we think that of you, that's on us, not you. We all know better. But keep it together. Put on a brave face. You're better than this, and can do better. Stand up straight. It does wonders.
And I'm saying that to myself too.