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Tealight Talks - "Confessions" Part 1

Each month, the editors of Tealight Press interview each other with questions based on the months theme. For this months 'Tealight Talks', Sash interviews Matt on Tealight's topic for November, "Confessions."


What's something that you wish people would be more open about?

I wish more people would be open with their feelings! I think I'm good at reading people's emotions so when someone is trying their best to hide their mood (which I know people do for good reasons) I tend to go along with it, but it feels a bit odd, like we're both acting.

It takes a good deal of strength to open one's heart and provide a big revelation, not knowing how it will be received. Has someone ever confessed something to you that you'd rather not have known?

Definitely, although I suppose it's less in a confessional sense, and more just someone giving me information about something that I didn't want to know. I don't know that I've ever had someone come to me and get something off their chest that hasn't been beneficial in some way for either myself or them, so I guess in a confessional sense, no!


In Catholicism, the Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as a 'first confession') is a time when you are asked to reflect on wrongdoings and formally ask for forgiveness of a higher power. Tell us about a time where you got something off your chest, or finally opened up about something, that was a particularly defining moment for you.

The most defining was definitely coming out as gay. I, like a lot of us, really struggled to tell the people in my life but the relief of finally getting it out of the way was incredible. Obviously this is an ongoing process and it isn't easy, but it's a great feeling to be so secure about it.


"Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do" - Voltaire What is one small action that you think everyone could take to put a little more good into the world?

One thing I think everyone could do which seems particularly relevant at the moment, is supporting smaller, struggling businesses/creatives. I know sometimes it might seem easier to go to places like Amazon for the price and convenience, but supporting independent businesses is such an investment into their future and so worthwhile - there's ways to do this beyond money as well for those struggling (which I know plenty are) just being able to spread the word and drive traffic through their doors is a huge boost, and might lead to a lot of new customers.

Finally, be perfectly honest - tell us in three words what you're feeling in this exact moment.

Tired, anxious, warm.

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