Keeping your true feelings or memories a secret too long can easily fester into shame and isolation. However, many secrets are secrets for a reason, and it doesn't always feel safe or productive to talk to someone you know personally.
This is where anonymity can be a real bastion of relief, and the internet provides plenty of spaces where people can anonymously get secrets off their chest without facing the real life repercussions of confession.
After finding out I was infected with HIV as a child right before I turned 15, I suppressed every bit of my sexuality when I’m around other people to the point that even the thought of kissing someone gives me tremendous anxiety. Now that I’ve started working on those issues, along with my almost 20 year marriage ending, I’m terribly afraid I’m going to die sad and alone.