Fellow blogger Dale sent me a note sharing some of his story. We're about the same age, but he has been out a long time. It made me think of all the folk, younger, my age, older, and gone before, who have helped change the world, making it a bit easier for me. Slowly, but surely, we are making progress.
It could be easy to be envious of folk out so long. And, it is easy to look at my life and regret that I didn't do this sooner, or beat myself up for not having figured this out decades ago. But instead of all that, I will stick with being grateful.
I am so grateful to all you long out-of-the-closet folk because you have paved the way for me. You've made is easier than it might have been. You've given direction and advice, shown me the path, and taught me all kinds of new tricks. (Goodness, me;)~
Tonight, my housemates are having dinner for me and some friends to celebrate my big day. C has even made me a big chocolate cake. I'm excited. I never had parties as a child, so it's not a big "expectation" on my part. But with my children off to college, I didn't want to be by myself, pretending it didn't matter.
Tomorrow, I'm off for a silent retreat. Four days with no talking, a little thinking, and a lot of be-ing. Just being. I'll be outside Atlanta for most of the week, but hope to make it into town on Thursday, and maybe Friday. Or even a little bit of Saturday. OMG! It's Pride weekend in Atlanta! What ever shall I do?
Thank you. All.