It's scary out there. It's scary inside our minds. Inside our hearts. Opening up yourself or putting yourself in a vulnerable position isn't easy.
I find that people, and myself, too often try to "control the message." We only allow people to know what we want them to know. As if we are our own politician representing the best interests of ourselves.
We try to highlight certain traits. We try to downplay others. We try to say the right things. We try to walk this imaginary line to impress people. Or to convince them, persuade them that we are intelligent, affable, charming, funny...
Yet we all know that everyone puts up a facade. Nobody is "real" all the time. Sometimes you fake it. But doesn't it feel nice when someone wants to know more than the facade?
To accept what is behind someone's curtain. To let the light in. And maybe more importantly, to accept what is behind your own facade. Accepting someone and making them feel like who they are is okay. And who they were was okay. And who they might become will be okay too. Because you are there for them and they are there for you.