One day, without making a big deal of it, a friend decided to tell us the story of how he came out. The day that he dared to talk about his sexuality with his parents.
We see him as a very fulfilled person, who is happy with his life and well-balanced. The discussion with his parents seemed to be part of his journey towards personal fulfilment.
To tell the truth, we don’t know how much time he spent going over it in his head, weighing up the pros and cons, imagining different scenarios, preparing what he was going to say and sleeping badly before he decided to come out. It could have been weeks, months or years.
Perhaps he said to himself that his parents would give him a hard time at first but in the end, to his surprise, that’s not what happened at all. He felt so good, so relieved that his parents’ reaction was only of secondary importance. He felt balanced again. And he didn’t need to hide away any more from the people that he loves the most.
When he talks about it today, it seems easy. But he couldn’t have known that beforehand.
What about you? What would you like to “come out” about, and what do you need to discuss frankly with your loved ones to help you feel balanced again?