It's not easy for me to ask for help or reveal that I am struggling with something. Even with those closest to me I will sometimes pretend that I am fine and all is well.
I would tell myself that I was being strong and self sufficient when I didn't share my problems or worries. That, somehow, by not revealing that I was in physical or emotional pain I was lessening that pain.
I now understand that when we are vulnerable with each other and open about our struggles we are better able to connect and help each other through trying times.
Over the past while I have had to reveal much that I would have preferred not to disclose. And instead of being weakened by those disclosures I was able to find strength from being truly authentic with those I shared my truth with. I have benefited greatly from the compassion and empathy I experienced and I was also able to get much needed support for the things I was struggling with.
If you are in a place where you are suffering in silence because you don't want to burden others with your issues please consider this. We humans are wired for deep connection. And you cannot have a deep connection with someone if they don't know the breadth of who you are.
So, please, be vulnerable with those you can trust with those vulnerabilities. It will do us all good.