you dont have to answer, maybe simply reflect on it.
it may be simple to say you are (or "I AM!"), but to most of us, we all know ourselves, but sometimes what we see ourselves as isnt exactly what people see us as.
(this is really an off-shoot off of nickel's question. i doff my hat to her original topic.)
personally, id say im about the same in person as who i am here or on online chats. i can be very moody, introspective, shallow, manic, goofy, shy, polite, anxious, talkative, clueless, bawdy, corny, horny, apathetic to arguments (im a lover not a fighter), nerdy/geeky, clumsy, emotional. i can easily make mistakes here as much as i do in person, though i pride in being able to easily admit to them too, in both situations. one thing i know and always try to be is honest. i feel each person deserves honesty.
so far, those that have known me online and have met me, and have known me in person seem to think so. At least thats what they say. either that or theyre lying to my face, the bastards!
Now, Im not one to say im immaculate as far as honesty is concerned. when i was a lot younger i was prone to fits of exaggeration, and wanton puffery. i lied and i cheated, and i learned from the best (my father). but it came to a point where it felt heavy on my soul. it felt like i was LOSING my spirit, and i just feel empty and hollow in the end. I was miserable, i felt dirty, and the stench of deception stank so much. i knew i had to change, or wallow in such a vile and contemptuous so-called life.
coming around the bend, being honest (to myself at least) was amazing - i felt lighter and happier, and there was no anxiety or any emotional and mental baggage to carry around. i felt freedom! being honest to people around me came easily after that.
ive met a lot people online also, and im glad all of them are honest (or at least honest enough for me and TO me). i have to say i may be too trusting to the point of gullibility, but i prefer NOT to mistrust at first hello. i give people the benefit of the doubt. just because ive been hurt in the past doesnt mean everyone else will hurt me. If they do, i just turn my back on them and walk away, move on. i figure at that point its not worth my time. THEYRE not worth my time. ive got better things to do, like be happy.
now i dont want to say IRL or "in real life", like the internet is not real, and all of of it fake, like you, or me, or everyone here is fake. i know it isnt so. i know someone is sitting on the other side of the the screen typing away as i am. i know someone will say something contrary to something, and that cant surely be fake. i acknowledge that YOURE REAL, as you are reading this, as sure as im writing it.
i guess we all know this is real, all of it, just translated into bits, and bytes, 0s and 1s. what we all want in the end is a little honesty, which i think really ISNT a lot to ask for. I feel bad for those that have been lied to, all that pain and wasted time. I hope it doesnt leave them bitter, like the taste in their mouths. I feel sorry for those who lied too, for it will just bite their ass tenfold in the end, which will make them more miserable.
Im glad with the people ive met and talked to i havent had to beg for honesty. they all rock!