Does it ever get too late?

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  1. GeanD

    GeanD Active Member

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    Hey, I used to come on here a lot years back, about coming out and struggling with who I am, I had never been in a relationship or been with anyone. Now I find myself still in the same position, not much as changed, still haven't been in a relationship or been intimate with anyone and still struggling to come out. My question is, does it get too late? Like, I feel I have gotten used to my life, so is there any point. Sometimes I wish I didn't have to come out, like it shouldn't matter but I feel to have a relationship I would have to, because if I didn't come out, there is that fear of getting caught and people knowing, hence why I haven't had a relationship
     
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    Hey there GeanD:

    It is never too late, just that if coming out would finally let you live the life you choose then you would be missing out. There are different levels of coming out. Some people say that the first step they did was coming out to themselves. Then the next step would be a closer circle of people who would love and accept you no matter what.

    If you need better support, I suggest that you make more friends in the community. You are in charge of this and you are the only one who should make this decision. I completely understand your annoyance with the idea that we somehow have to come out and do some thing in order to find someone. I would say weigh all the pros and cons in front of you. If it is unsafe, don't do it. Nothing is more important than your safety.

    Will be thinking of you, good luck.
     
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    Hey, thank you for replying and for your advice, I think the hardest part is not knowing whether people will accept you, like I think my mom would and says she has no problem with the gay community, but would she be the same if it was her daughter? And I definitely know some of my family would not like it, my nan for example would not like it and has said things like its disgusting, its not right and there are too many of them in the world, so, do I tell my mom and ask her to keep it secret or not bother?
    Thank you very much for replying.
     
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    I am so unqualified to submit whether you should come out to your mom and ask her to keep a secret.

    However, I will tell you how I make some of my decisions. I know what you mean, I do wonder at times whether some people would be my friends if they knew everything about me. Quite a few gay friends of mine have that same experience. The thing is, if I want to tell someone something about myself, I am not doing it because I need or seek anyone’s approval. I do it because I want to share something with that person. There are very few people on this earth I trust or want to share with everything about myself. I have also learned that some people are not good secret keepers because they feel burdened by them so I think thrice before putting someone in that position.

    I hope this helps. I hope you will make good first steps of accepting yourself and finding people around you who support you before doing anything that could potentially make you feel alienated. Get that sorted first before dealing with homophobic people, because you will come across them and when you do, it is always a sad thing to experience even when you are in a good place about your sexuality.
     
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    Do NOT come out to anyone unless you're accepting of yourself first -- trust me on this one, as it's a mistake I made a long time ago.

    Secondly, at some point you'll realize that your life needs to be about you -- you can't live for other people. It needs to be about what makes you happy -- and thus, what other people think begins to matter less. At some point the need for being honest with yourself -- and living honestly in terms of who you are and the relationships you have -- will outweigh the fear of the criticism/lack of acceptance you likely will face from friends (are they really friends?), family, etc. That being said, this is a journey that you must take -- you might find yourself never comfortable with the fact that you could alienate family.

    As I've gotten older, I'm less comfortable with the grandiose gesture of "coming out." Rather -- I just live honestly, and if people can't accept that...it's not my problem.
     
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    I don't have alot of experience with "coming out". It's something I never did, I just lived my life how I wanted and so should you. Just live your best life, whatever makes you happy. No explanation needed. Goodluck
     
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