Risk Eternal Salvation?
Depression Sets InIn the beginning of therapy, I was so depressed and scared that I was willing to give it my best effort in hopes of changing and finding happiness. This did not happen. During that year I felt myself becoming more and more isolated, lost and voice of feeling than I ever had. Eventually I went off to college where I studied politics and religion. I wanted to discover for myself what I believed and who I wanted to be as a result. But I was still so terrified to come to terms with who I was and what it would mean.
Finding Jessica, Finding Peace
It took three years before I truly allowed myself to be fully honest with those around me at school. But once I did, I found myself surrounded by individuals that supported me regardless of who I was or wasn’t and pushed me to think and feel with my soul and heart rather than my surroundings and bias. I eventually realized I can have my faith and love who I love and reconciled with the truth, my truth.
Since coming out life still has not always been easy. I wish I had a better relationship with my immediate family. I pray daily that one day I will. But I have experienced more love, friendship, and true community and happiness than I could have ever felt possible.
Coming Out is Hard!
Coming out is hard, it takes time, bravery, and strength. This is why we celebrate it and tell our stories as a testament to those before us who have paved the way. We also share our stories as a message to those who have yet to do so. For those not ready yet, you are loved, you are worthy, and when you are ready you will be welcomed.
Do you have a COMING OUT story that you want to share? We love collaborating with our fellow LGBTQ community! Get in touch with us to discuss how you can also become a guest contributor & share YOUR story & experience. You never know how your story may affect someone else who is struggling and just needs some encouragement and inspiration. Be that person.