If they all came with a bang, the world would be a lot more accepting. They don't though, so you have to be open-minded on your own and prepare for when someone decides you're the person they are opening up to.
We've All Got Secrets
Some big. Some little. Some not so secret because you made the mistake of telling the ONE person who loves to take sh*t to Facebook and now you have to live in denial yet again.
Sometimes secrets become a burden and we have to share to one, to some or to all. In a way, this is sharing the burden with someone else so you can better deal with it yourself. Right? Right.
There are those who are lucky enough to be so out of touch with their inner turmoil that they can bury these secrets so deep down they'll never see the light of day. These are the people we envy. Not that we'd tell you or anything.
Others aren't so lucky and we need to be ready for that.
Be Accepting. Be, Be Accepting!
Unless they happen to be confessing something vile or criminal. We all have our limits. Aside from that, you can deal.
Remember, it takes a lot more to reveal than to receive a secret. You can sit there and laugh your ass off or spew hateful judgement while they die on the inside. You'll be okay, they'll never recover. Confessing is hard. Remember that.
Seeing as this is still real life, we also have to keep in mind that you can't always give someone the reaction they are expecting. Don't chase after them with a pitchfork, but show some kind of acknowledgment. Feel free to fake it at first until you can fully gauge the situation.
Get Your Game Face On
Also known as faking that visible emotion. Like you've done so many times in the past.
Find a neutral and somewhat encouraging expression to wear on your face so that your loved one does not think they've made a terrible mistake. Practice in the mirror until your reflection makes you feel better about yourself.
Pair that with accepting words like: Oh; I see; Okay; Thanks for telling me; Yes and...
Then nod. Always nod. The nod sells it.
After confession time is over, process the news at your leisure. You don't have to worry about hurting their feelings or saying the right thing. Just process. You may be in shock, you may not be. You might not like what you've heard, you might not care. Just process.
Then go for milkshakes after.