“Boys can’t wear pink” ... “Girls can’t dress like ‘that’” ... From an early age, we’re told what to like if we want to fit in. 🤷♂️ We grow up only being exposed to what society tells us is ok, having no understanding that we have the free will to be ourselves. The free will to do what makes us happy. The free will to share our story without being ashamed.
That boy that wants to wear pink? He just wants to be happy.
That girl who doesn’t want to wear a dress? She just wants to be happy.
That teenage boy who’s told to “be a man” when he’s upset? He just wants to be happy.
That teenage girl who’s called a “slut” for discovering her sexuality? She just wants to be happy.
That man who decides to come out to his parents? He just wants to be happy.
That woman who bravely shares her story about sexual assault? She just wants to be happy.
I know it may be easy to have place judgement on someone that you may not understand...but one thing that all of us understands is that we all just want to be happy. Each of us has our own story & each of us finds happiness in our own way.
For myself, it was coming out as bisexual. Sharing that and sharing that I like makeup was the biggest empowerment for ME. Would you believe that it was easier said than done? Yea, it was one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life. I knew some people wouldn’t accept this new part to me...but that’s ok.
It’s important to realize that you’ll NEVER make yourself happy if you’re too worried about making EVERYONE else happy too. Once I realized this, I knew that I have to be unapologetically me & be happy with who I am.
Now...some people may not understand WHAT you need to do to make yourself happy, but that’s ok. You do what you need to do at your own pace. You surround yourself with people who will love you for you. At the very least, know that you’ll have someone there (even me!) to support you no matter what.
With that being said, let’s not judge people for who they were in the past...let’s accept people for being who they are now. In the meantime, I’ll always be proud to be unapologetically me.