“I need another story
Something to get off my chest
My life gets kinda boring
Need something that I can confess”

Each person is different and unique in their own way, but we all share one common characteristic: we have secrets.  Whether big or small, secrets can be destructive in a relationship or they can bring people closer together.  Everyone keeps secrets, tells secrets. has secrets.  There’s no way to live life without any because we all have something to hide or a piece of information we don’t want anyone else to know about.  Secrets can have a negative connotation, but they aren’t necessarily bad.


As discussed in “A Tale of Two Cities,” Charles Dickens points out that the peasant in pre-revolutionary France and King Louis, as well as all the nobles, are alike in one way.  They all conceal secrets.  The feeling of having a secret is sensational.  It makes you feel like you have something nobody else has.  In France at the time, the peasants had close to nothing, but they knew things the nobles didn’t.  This could give them the “I know something you don’t know” attitude. You don’t have to be rich or poor to have a secret; it’s intangible.  Despite its lack of physical form, secrets have a profound effect upon people.  Secrets may be the reason a relationship is ended, or it could be the reason that a bond is secured between two friends as they transition from friends to best friends.


When someone has a deep conversation with you and they share things they haven’t told anyone else, it makes you feel important as a person.  It makes you feel like you have been trusted to guard this chest of valuable items.  Once someone has told you a secret, you have one of two options: you can respect their wishes to keep it low-key, which is the teenage version of keeping it under the radar and out of sight and mind, or you can share the secret with another individual.  If you’ve never told someone else’s secret, I’d be amazed.  Teens seem to make the common mistake of underestimating things.  We might not think the secret is that big of a deal, but it could be important to that person.  There’s also the fact that some secrets are too much to be kept in.  Especially in high school, people feel the need to share what they know with other people.  The down side to this is that the secret could get blown out of proportion or manipulated so it becomes a rumor.


In the song “Secrets” by One Republic, the opening lyrics of the song (provided above) conveys a person’s attitude toward the idea of having a secret.  Knowing something about someone else can be exciting, especially when you’re not supposed to know.  Teenagers love that feeling of doing something you’re not supposed to and taking a risk.  Yes, the person could find out you didn’t keep their secret, but they might not.


When you’re the person with the secret, things can get difficult.  You have to confide in people you trust, but sometimes it isn’t an option.  I have certain things I don’t share with my friends.  There are things that I feel they don’t have to know.  It’s up to my discretion whether or not I tell them because I’m in charge of my mouth and I can keep quiet if I have to.  In most cases, I won’t tell a secret if it’s not mine to keep, but there’s always accidental slip ups and mistakes.   Just being careful who you trust with your secrets is the main idea if you don’t want other people to know your business.

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