growing into my own skin

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When I was 12, I became extremely close with my best friend and I slowly started to realize the feelings that I felt for her weren’t what most 12 year old girls felt for other girls our age. We used to cuddle and hold hands like it was nothing until my sister walked in my room one day and freaked out on us. She told my parents and they separated my friend and I for quite sometime. They never really could keep us apart though. As time went on, we got closer and closer until we started sleeping together behind closed doors and we stayed that close up until last year when she left to be with the man she’ll probably marry. Growing up we had boyfriends and went on dates and flirted with guys, but for me the only thing that felt right was being home with my girl.. I’m happy that she found her happy, and because of her I’m finally finding my happy too… I’m 23 now, almost 24, and I have just recently come out to my family and friends.. nobody really talks about it with me or has asked any questions because they all had a hunch that I was gay my whole life.. but they seem to support and love me no matter who I love. I’ve been with my girlfriend now for 10 months and it hasn’t been easy all the time but she has helped me with my coming out process and I couldn’t have done it without her love and support. Coming out has been the most weight-lifting change I’ve ever made and I wouldn’t take it back for anything.

 

Story submitted by Noelle