Ok - so let's talk about gossip. Let's dish about the dish and skinny on the skinny. Personally - I can tell you that your Dad is a gossip face. I love knowing things - and I am no very good at keep a secret for a long time - unless it's really important. However, keeping a secret like someone is to be engaged, or a pregnancy, or someone is moving etc... those secrets and or gossip aren't really the ones that will get you into trouble.
Ya see - those gossip nuggets are like a bubble that will eventually see the surface anyway - so if they get leaked - yes... there is a moment where you kind of look like a blabber mouth but for those most part - no harm no foul and maybe you just pick up a lame reputation.
The kind of gossip I'm talking about is the kind where you say something ill-willed about someone else to someone else and expect that that information will die right there or be held sacred by the other person. It won't. If you say bad things about people - other people will know.
This has probably been the worst trait about me in my life. I say bad things about people. I say good things too but nobody cares about that... When you say something bad - the 3rd party person receiving the information will eventually tell someone - maybe not the person it was about - but someone and so on and so on and so on until eventually it reaches back to that original person that you said the bad thing about. This reflects poorly on you.
So - a piece of advice. Don't speak ill of other people. While you may shake a chuckle over it initially you are casting pain out into the world - and that pain will eventually come back to you. That negative energy serves no purpose.
I only tell you this because I wish that I wouldn't have said 99% of things I've said about people. I think I'm a good person - everyone does I think - even murderers on death row. But in actuality most people do not see me that way. Most people see me as someone who says bad things about other people. I wish I could change that - but it's very hard - and I wish for you to never even start down that journey. Remember to love and respect people instead of hurting them. It will benefit you more.