Pinpointing my first lie would likely bring us straight to me as a child with telltale face and hands covered in chocolate vehemently denying ever so much as laying eyes on said chocolate. As a child, my experience with lying centered on the benign. No, I did not hit my brother. No, I did not just say a four-letter word rhyming with truck. No, I did not sneak in the basement window past my curfew. They were white lies spun in childhood self-preservation really.
If we move forward to the lies that start to matter, we hit the jackpot. It was the lie I started telling myself as a very young adult that became the biggest and what I consider my first; the lie that I was fundamentally happy.
At this point it is probably necessary to define what “fundamentally happy” means to me, as I am sure that it is different for each person. To me, fundamentally happy is joy in the absence of drama. When I say drama I mean anything that might upset my daily routine. There have been times when disruption meant something as simple as the wrong sideways look from the barista who serves my coffee. More frequently disruption is a failed relationship or a loss of perceived love. But, I digress…
Back to joy in the absence of drama. It started as what I believe to be little lies not unlike the ones we covered from my childhood. No, that boy with the stunning green eyes and the charming southern drawl did not mean that much to me. No, it does not bother me one bit that I am a few pounds overweight. Somehow they grew to monumental proportions. Yes, it is okay that you no longer want to live with me. Of course I don’t mind that your romantic love for me has cooled to a distant memory and a somewhat fond friendship.
The bigger the lies became, the more elaborate the façade I was forced to manage. After all, I am the sunny girl with the ever-present smile. I am the one you know you can come to in time of crisis and I will set your world right-side-up again. I am outwardly quick to laugh and slow to despair.
In the end I know that all lies are revealed and the truth is meant to set you free, yet I continue to live this lie every day. Slowly I allow people to see the fractures in my shield of happiness. Close friends know that all is not sunshine and rainbows and thanks to the internet and the intimate world of blogging, complete strangers see my more sullen side.
It is my dream that someday life starts to add up and my façade becomes my reality. No longer will it be an untruth that I am fundamentally happy. Someday sunshine and rainbows will reign again. After all, we make our own truths. In this case, my truth will be born from this enduring lie that I live.
I guess that thought in itself may also be a lie.