This weekend, my friends and I watched a movie about a gay coming out to his family. His struggles between wanting to be considered “normal” and also his real feelings, his real desires and coming to terms with his homosexuality.
It was a really good movie and moved me to tears. I understood everything he was feeling, everything he feared and all that he was going through. There were moments when he believed that this was all transient, that these feelings could be prayed away. He also went through moments when he felt that this was all abnormal. Finally he accepted himself.
Afterwards my friends and I shared some of our obstacles during our coming out periods. It is interesting to hear that some of these guys, guys who I thought were so strong and so sure of themselves, also had struggles. Because of who they are today, I just assumed that they came out running.
I have always realized that this journey will be a life long one. But I have also realized that the friends I have, the friends that I’ve made along the way and the friends that I will make, will help make this journey worthwhile.