I would pick any one of your stories over those any day—every time.
In a way, this is the reason most of us feel like "We are not doing enough" all the time. The lack of honesty.
The obsession with achieving perfection on paper. And the fear of showing vulnerability.
We live in an unreal world, one where we are all waiting for the other person to blink first. Then we will consider showing our weaknesses.
I firmly believe that a personal essay, a well written one, is the best self-help tool. Especially over the "Here are five specific ways to cope with..." type pieces, which all talk about the same thing.
I mean, do you really think if breathing helped me, I would be here spending hours reading articles to get some answers?.
Anyway, as always, thank you for sharing this; it was an excellent read.