Its one of the hardest things you can ever do, and for good reason too. As humans we learn what is real, and not real~ normal and odd~ acceptable and unacceptable~ largely through our peers. In sociology and psychology its called Constructionism.
But what if the social norm is wrong?
For me, growing up as the gay liberal kid in a catholic school in Ohio I was obviously not a popular person.
Everyone hated me.
People asked me all the time what it was like to have AIDS (for all of you out there, no. I don’t have AIDS. Especially in high school when I was a virgin, there was no chance of me having AIDS) But of course its Ohio. All people here know about gays are what they see in media which is queens, AIDS, and anal sex.
On top of that I had big dreams. I always knew I was going to leave Ohio and go somewhere. I was going to travel, try to reach out to the world, and hopefully change it.
again…. to my peers and teachers and principle and coworkers I seemed like a delightfully delusional little fag who needed to get beat up.
But what happened? I did leave Ohio. I have traveled and am so excited to move to New Zealand in September and continue my adventure,
And where are they? Well…. Ohio. With Kids. Working the good ole’ 9-5, and they all come with an extra 25 pounds that wasn’t there in high school.
So whats my point?
The point is that yes, believing in yourself when everyone else thinks you’re trash is insanely hard, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? SOMETIMES YOU KNOW MORE AND KNOW BETTER THAN OTHER PEOPLE!
Think I’m wrong?
The human race has ALWAYS held beliefs that are wrong!
slavery used to be accepted IN LITERALLY EVERY CULTURE ON EARTH
The imprisonment and murder of Jews, gays, gypsies, war criminals, and the handicapped was considered ok by Nazi’s
Discrimination of blacks during Jim Crow in America
the gazillions of religious crusades throughout history
THOSE ARE HUGE AND YET LARGE POPULATIONS BELIEVED THEY WERE OK!
Are you starting to see how its possible that people could be wrong about you?
Now get out there and lets make tomorrow better than today. Even if its just a little bit at first, ok?
~ The Dark Horse
(I think I proofread this one… or at least like kind of looked over it a tiny bit)