The picture on the left was me when I was younger wearing stuff that I liked to wear and the one on the right is me now. I had always been told that what I liked was a phase and that I would never get to do what I want. I use to believe it and tried to be someone I wasn’t. I tried to be the girly image my mother wanted me to be, but I was never happy about it. I tried to date guys but always broke up with them because I was uncomfortable and didn’t like them that way.
I was bullied and never had many friends because I was trying to be someone I wasn’t. I lost many friends, didn’t have much family to talk to about it, and had thoughts of stuff I wasn’t proud of. So around junior year of high school I stopped caring what people thought. I started acting how I wanted to, dressing how I wanted, and came out.
Now that I’m nineteen, I’ve cut and dyed my hair, I have five piercings, two tattoos (soon to be three) and I’ve come out and my family knows I’m gay. I’m in college, I have a well paying job, I bought my own car and pay for it and I have amazing friends now both online and in real life.
Don’t let people decide who you want to be. I’m telling you now that everything will get better. Just remember that the only person you should try to please isn’t your family, not strangers, not even friends, but yourself.