There comes a point where holding onto my fear of rejection is a little bit pointless.
For me the fear or rejection is worse than being rejected! I think unknown elements in life are terrifying – having zero control is never good (particularly as I’m a control freak).
Families are unknown quantaties, but this is why we build brilliant networks of friends that become our family; they’re amazing people that know and accept us exactly as we are. And I know you have some amazing people around you there in Dunedin Sam!
You’re gonna be okay, Sam. I don’t know your parents, but if they accepted you when you came out the first time ’round, I’d wager they’ll accept you the second time, too.
Hugs from the Midwest!
What Alexandra said.
Man, when I was getting married and my mum was doing her mum thing, it got all full on and we argued, and then finally I cracked and said “Mum, I just want you to love me!!!” (in those words, all teary.) It was totally pathetic, but I don’t think, until that moment, I had ever really understood just how full on the parental approval thing was. Really full on! My mum’s approval… wow. Wow.
I want to print this out and give it to everyone I know. :/
D’aww it’s a pretty poos feeling. Hope you’re doing ok.
Coming out is HARD. Hang in there.
I know this feeling. I know this feeling every time I talk to my parents, every time I leave my binder at home when I visit them…
It’s this insane, painful balancing act.
Do I tell them and risk losing them, or do I keep up the balance and hope I don’t trip and fall?
Blergh, yes exactly!! It’s really hard work to find the balance, and to decide what’s right for you. Gooooood luck with it. It took me a couple of years to bind in front of them – but it got to a point where I couldn’t not bind, and so that meant binding in front of them.
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