My entire childhood I felt as though everyone other than me– parents, teachers, other students– were all in on some great secret. Once I grew older, and started challenging assumptions about myself and the world, I started to realize that it was I, who in fact, was in on the great secret. The great secret is that there is no great secret. There is no secret formula, secret gatekeeper, secret key to universal success. While some people in a position of authority and expertise may act as though they are in on the secret, they aren’t. We are all just trying to make our own meaning out of this world, and there are many paths to fulfillment. Once I realized this, it freed me up to explore the world on my own terms. It was one of the most freeing realizations of my life. Thought I’d share the secret.