Never in my life did I ever think that I would be an inspiration to someone, ANYONE.
Over that past 7 months I’ve written a lot of content here about my life and learning to love who I am and becoming more comfortable with my sexuality. Basically, I’ve mostly written about how I never really embraced what I’ve felt in my soul for the longest time. At no point did I even think that my stories would encourage others to live their truth and be confident in being who they knew they were for so long.
You’re probably saying “duh” in your head right now, but I’ve never thought of myself to be someone who could encourage this. I’m not necessarily a great writer or story teller, but over the time since we’ve started this blog, it’s become easier to tell my story. So, throughout this time, every once in a while after some of my posts, I’ve been approached about what I’ve written; How it was very real; How it was refreshing; How I’ve inspired some people; How they have expressed how they felt after going through the same struggles that I’ve been through; And basically how I am someone who they feel they can talk to about these things. And I know I’ve said this multiple times to these individuals but…
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
When I first decided to write about my experience with my sexuality, I gave it a lot of thought. I spoke with my co-bloggers about posting my National Coming Out Day post, and was unsure if that was a burden I was ready to bare. I wrote it about 3 days prior, because I thought I was ready. Then I wasn’t. Then I was. Then I wasn’t again. I was nervous, scared, and unsure of myself. I’ve been living my life as such for years at this point so why now, you know? But then I realized that this post, on Oct 11, 2017, was not just about me, but about others as well. About being done not completely living my life. About how I was finally able to SHOW that I wasn’t scared to be who I was, even though I didn’t feel like I needed to “come out”. And no, you don’t have to. But I’ve decided to, to let the world know that there’s nothing wrong with being who you are, out loud. Just know that I’ll always be here to be your friend. Your support. Your ally.
So, for those who have; Thank you for feeling so comfortable sharing your stories with me. Thank you for trusting me. Thank you for reading and being open to me sharing my stories with you! Even to those who don’t identify as LGBTQ who have shared with me their thoughts, thank you! You never really realize how much of an impact you have on someone until they tell you and I’m honored, honestly. I just want to be here as a voice (in text) for the ones who went through the struggle in similar, and maybe even different, ways. Just know, that I am here for you! I will always be here to listen to someone share their feelings, their emotions, and their thoughts about not only sexuality, but racial identity, and whatever else that you want to talk about, because we are in this together.
Again, thank you all for being so comfortable with me and sharing with me your thoughts and feelings and emotions and tears and hugs and everything! Please know that you will always have an ally in me, both as a member of the LGBTQ community AND as a friend.