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Though, the title Sharing Treasure suggests a couple of different ideas, so let me be upfront about the treasures you will find here.
I am not with a band of pirates who recently found a hidden chest filled with gold.
I am not some famous pioneer who has found the next gold rush or diamond mine.
Instead, I am a guy with a sharp and honest history.
Think back to your childhood. Can you recall things you would not share with anyone? Those pivotal moments in your life which created the personality traits you have today. Maybe you would not share those memories because they hurt you.
Like the pirate or the pioneer, these treasures I share with you in the following pages were still found by navigating the perilous terrain that is life. I will share the stories from my childhood that, if you were me, you might be inclined to keep to yourself. I will share reflections from the embarrassing moments of my teenage years, from the lies I told but wanted to take back, to the mistakes I wish I did not make. Those memories that I wish I could forget, I share them too.
The people we look up to do not always share their failures in depth because failure hurts. The idea of sharing failures is an uncommon theme in our social-media society. We are connected more than ever through little moments in pictures, vlogs, and microblogging; attempting to solidify in our mind an idea of how success is created, how success should feel, and how success is lived.
Yet, we are more than the little moments we decide to share. We are also the growing pains of our personal history.
I hold nothing back. These stories embrace my authentic feelings and opinions concerning the events of my life. So, to ensure the anonymity of everyone included, I have changed the names of those involved. Some stories touch upon the best parts of my life. These same stories are also some of the worst parts of my life. They have broken me, built me up, and helped form who I am.
There is so much we can learn from our personal history. We can find out why we act and think a certain way, why we like and dislike different types of people, even where our behaviors come from. My history also makes me complex, filled with inconsistencies and ridiculous beliefs. History generates layers of a personality. As I peel back some layers from my own personality, you may notice the layers of your own.
By providing myself as an example for the thoughts and feelings we hide away – my treasures—you may notice the treasures of your own life.