What is it about taking up space that makes us feel sheepish?

Friendship exists for us to live out our need for belonging and connectedness by sharing our stories. Our wonderful, brutal, happy, gut-punching stories.

I’ve had friends in crisis and I’ve also been in crisis here and there. Maybe everywhere. Our crisis conversations almost always end with one of us saying some version of, “I’m sorry. I don’t mean to dump on you.”

When I hear myself say these words, they makes sense. But when you say them, I’m jolted by their absurdity. I think, “Are you kidding? Do you know what you just gave me? Your time and your story and your trust and your words and the chance to show up!”

– Read more about how valuable you are to your friends over at Truthfully.ca


Shannon has been writing on the web since 1998 when you could make yourself a grilled cheese sandwich before your page loaded. Her work has been featured in print and online and she blogs at truthfully.ca. There, Shannon writes about vulnerability, courage and mental health. Before content strategy, Shannon spent nine years leading classrooms of small humans.

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