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Be Authentic (Anonymous)

Posted by Alyssa.fenix on July 8, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Dear teenage me,

It sounds silly and too simple, but it really does get better and it (as in your life) works out. Be you. Be authentic. Be who you know yourself to be. Don't be afraid. Ignore stereotypes and push through labels--don't let others and there presumptions and false perceptions define who you are. Although it seems where you are and where you live (rural/suburban Ohio), that it is ""wrong"" to be attracted to women, that's not the case everywhere. Although you pushed aside, and continue to ignore the confusion of feeling like a boy and identifying with being a man, male roles, and male expression, it is o.k. Go with it. It's not wrong, it's not a mistake by God, it's not something to be ignored. It is who you really are; and there's a name for it; and there's a way to be that guy. Your family and friends accept you for the guy you really are. Don't get me wrong, it's not an easy road or path, and there are other complicating things involved in growing up and being an adult...but man it is SO worth it to finally be perceived by others as you always saw yourself!

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