I keep saying I am so open about my brain injury and I usually am but lately I feel like I don’t have to give everyone so many details. Like telling the kids I tutor; I don’t really need to tell them, they’re kids and I feel like that’s just too much information.
Today I was talking to one of the older girls, a sixth grader, and she asked me about my worst fall. The first thing that popped into my mind was getting hit by a car but she’s a sixth grader and I really didn’t want to turn the conversation into talking about my TBI so I just told her about the time I twisted my ankle in eighth grade. It was the only big fall I could think of other than the TBI.
Kids don’t really need to or want to talk about this and I should apply this to other people. If they don’t ask, don’t tell them. That’s what my blog is for, getting all of this out there, sharing my experience with people and helping other people who might be in a similar situation.
So I have come to the conclusion that maybe I thought I was somehow helping people by letting everyone know about it but I think maybe it just helped my ego, like saying “look how brave and strong I am”. I believe in honesty but there are still somethings that are better left unsaid if nobody asks. I should share it when it’s the right time and place.