Sometimes things can happen so fast, that in the moment you don’t realize that they might be life-changing. It’s only later that you look back and realize just how much your life could have changed had things gone differently.
When the writer Patrick Strudwick shared how his decision to come out of the closet 27 years ago altered his life for the better, he encouraged his followers to share some of the best decisions they’ve made in their lives.
Today is exactly 27 years since I came out. 14 years old, at my comprehensive. The single best decision of my life – it enabled me to carry on living. What is the best decision you ever made – and why?
— Patrick Strudwick (@PatrickStrud) December 16, 2018
Made the realization I was trans a little over 2 years ago. I should have put the pieces together much earlier, but somehow it just “clicked” then. I feel like it saved my life, or at least made me feel like I was living.
— Tessa (@tessmissing) December 16, 2018
Two coming out for me! 1) in 1994, I came out as gay after being in a heterosexual relationship for 7 years. 2) recently came out as living with HIV for 15 years. I feel a complete relief and dead weight off my shoulders. For a Black African openly gay Christian, that’s huge.
— Jide Macaulay HHH ™ (@RevJide) December 16, 2018
To start my transition neatly 3 years ago even though I knew it would likely end my decade long marriage (and it did).
Then realizing I was solely attracted to men and leaning into it last summer.
— Katelyn Burns (@transscribe) December 17, 2018
To tell the world I was HIV+ from my first time and that I was no longer ashamed.
— Nathaniel Hall (@nathanieljhall) December 16, 2018
A couple of hours ago I was sat in the place where exactly 28 years ago I had just started to stumble backwards out of the closet, aged 18. My feelings today are a little more complex than yours, but this tweet was good to see.
— Jay Hirst (@Jayhirst) December 16, 2018
To believe in myself despite my brain going bananas on a regular basis. I started an MSC over a year ago and I'm doing surprisingly well. I have two #mentalillnesses and I had a stroke 5 years ago, I let my personal beliefs ABOUT myself limit me. Not any longer 😀 😀
— Amber Keys (@AmberTrainingPT) December 16, 2018