Sunday, November 15, 2009

What's important to me

I saw this on another blog and thought it was kind of cool...anyway, this is a word cloud using all the words from all my posts thus far. Interesting, no?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

It freaking sucks loving someone who doesn't love you back; or, This weekend BLOWS!

This is going to be a pity-party post, so I would advise most people to just skip right over it...ok, if you're still reading, consider yourself warned.

This weekend pretty much sucks. My car got stolen yesterday, today I found out on facebook that the man of my dreams is now "in a relationship", and Monday is my birthday and I've done absolutely NOTHING fun to celebrate it, since I have no one to celebrate it WITH! (other than family...they took me out for pizza today).  Anyway...I'm not going to vent like I thought I was going to...I don't really feel like it and it won't do any good anyway. My insurance company gave me a rental car (a jeep!) and seem to be easy to work with so far, gonna have a family b-day party tomorrow and I'm sure the girls I work with will take me out to lunch on Monday, and I can probably do better than the man of my dreams anyway.  I wasn't going to talk trash about him, just because I don't have any trash to talk, but I was going to go on and on about how unfair it is, how much he hurt me, how much of a loser I am, blah blah blah. We got in a big argument after I confronted him, and I felt like crap after. It brought up all my insecurities, etc...but I don't want to talk about that anymore, or rant like a drama queen. Won't do any good, and looking back I probably overreacted anyway.  He's a good guy and still wants to be friends...yeah, it hurts that his heart belongs to someone else, but that someone else is damn lucky to have him.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Being Positive

A week or so ago me and my friend UTMOHO were talking about how we mostly blog when we're down and depressed or something is going wrong and we need to vent.  Alot of people stop blogging altogether when they are past their "crisis stage" of mohodom.  He said, "Well I'll be blogging for eternity then!" and I said, "well I'll be reading for eternity then!"  But most of my posts are somewhat negative, and the name and layout of my blog are pretty emo.  Earlier in the week I was kind of feeling down about not fitting in with some of the moho cliques and not getting invited to stuff, but most of the week has gone pretty well. Work is somewhat better; my bosses still suck but we moved to a brand new office building that's really nice.  The weather has been awesome.  Working on not being so needy is going well, I think.  I've got (what I consider to be) three close friends that I talk to alot; one I don't see much since he's busy with school and two jobs and his fraternity, one that I see even less since he lives far (and doesn't make time for me when he's up, and one that is pretty busy too but we hang out alot and make time for each other.  So all in all, things are pretty ok for now.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Where I Am in My Journey

I guess I'm a day late posting on the October Mohosphere theme, but I wanted to write a bit for we go: 

How did I get to where I am today?
Ummm...where am I today? I guess I'm at a different place than I was a year ago, and at a very different place than I was 4 or so years ago.  I haven't posted my coming out story, and I'm not going to go into that too much right now, but 5 years ago I was in control of my life, or so I thought. My secrets were carefully tucked away and didn't cause me great concern. I wasn't truly happy, but I wasn't sad either. Depression wasn't an issue. I didn't realize at that time what love really was, even though I was in a significant relationship, but I was coasting along fine.  Then "IT" happened...and the secrets and feelings that were bottled up inside exploded, causing a significant re-examination of where I was and where I wanted to go.  Depression, pain, and sorrow were the result.  Then came a long period of questioning, thinking, and self-examination. And that's where I am now...toward the end of that period, and figuring out where to go from here and how to make that happen.

Am I happy with where I am?
Meh. Some days yes, other days no. I've got a few good friends, I've learned some important lessons, and I'm getting a picture of where I want to go. Probably more stressful days than completely happy days. Not out to all of my family, but I'm pretty sure the rumors have gotten around.  Not out at work, but I keep people guessing. But I want more...where's this exciting, glamorous gay lifestyle I was cautioned against??! :p

Where do I see myself in the future?
Life is never either/or, but I think my life can take one of two possible paths...I can find my Prince Charming and settle down and live happily ever after, or I can grow increasingly bitter and eventually become one of those lonely, slightly creepy single older guys that all wards have.  Hopefully it's the first path. I've mostly come to terms with being a gay Mormon (the church is important to me and I mostly believe in it, although I can't both fully comply with its teachings and be honest about who I am), and I want to have a strong monogamous relationship with a loving guy while having good morals and helping others. I'll need lots of luck...

What roadblocks do I have and have overcome?
Family is one to be overcome...not that it's a roadblock, but more of an issue that still needs to be dealt with. My sexual preference is the elephant in the's there, but maybe if we ignore it long enough it will go away.  Maybe it's just a phase. Maybe I just need to pray more or be more active in church. Oh well...I've been dealing with this alot longer than my family has...hopefully they will come around. At least they haven't kicked me out of the family and told me not to come back.  Other roadblocks...emotional immaturity, social retardation, etc., etc....all the good stuff that goes along with being a gay Mormon.

What advice do I have for others following my path?
I'm a strong believer in everyone having their own path to follow.  What's right for me isn't necessarily right for someone else, and just because it didn't work a certain way for me doesn't mean it won't work for you. If I had to do things over again, I would come out alot earlier than I did. I think there is alot more in place now for people to come out and be supported, and I think that by not coming out sooner I did significant damage to my emotional well-being and self-esteem.  I wish I would have come out in high school or shortly after.  Other completely honest with yourself and others, don't feel pressured to make decisions quickly, don't judge others that are on a different path or in a different place, and keep in mind that even though people will make you feel like you are evil, confused, or wrong, your Father loves you no matter what.

Advice for family and friends
Be open-minded. Don't judge. Think before you speak. Realize that your loved one has likely gone through significant emotional and mental turmoil to get to where he/she is now. We need support from people that love us. We don't need to be "tolerated".  This isn't a phase. This is who I am, and it's been a long journey for me to come to that conclusion. There is no such thing as a "gay lifestyle", just like there isn't a "straight lifestyle." Just because I'm gay doesn't mean I'm a danger to children or a menace to society. I don't want to have sex with every guy I see. If you're straight, you don't have to worry about me hitting on you. Just love me and accept me for who I am.  Come on, it's're stuck in the past if you're going to hate someone for who they love.

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