Wise Words: Secrets
“Funny how, when you’re about to be given something precious, something you’ve wanted for a long time, you suddenly feel nervous about taking it.
Everyone wants more than anything to be allowed into someone else’s most secret self. Everyone wants to allow someone into their most secret self. Everyone feels so alone inside that their deepest wish is for someone to know their secret being, because then they are alone no longer. Don’t we all long for this? Yet when it’s offered, it’s frightening, because you might not live up to the desires of the one who bestows the gifts. And frightening because you know that accepting such a gift means you’ll want-perhaps be expected-to offer a similar gift in return. Which means giving you self away. And what’s more frightening than that? ”
From This is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn by Aidan Chambers.