Sunday, July 1, 2012
Back to the present
For the first time since I started my blog, something important happened to me today. So I will break the linearity of my story to jump to what happened today.
I came out to my cousin Sandy. It was important for me because we share a special bond. We respect and understand each other very well. She has been my confident for many years. We talked about almost everything together from our careers, our objectives and also about religion. She is a believer and I'm not; that has always produced some very intersting conversations. But even if we don't share our beliefs, we always respect each other. The only subjects we never talked about was sexuality. Needless to say that I preferred it that way at the time.
These last years we got a bit more distant, but we've still managed to keep our bond solid. So it was important for me that she would be the next to know after my family. I was scared about it, because I didn't know what she thought about homosexuality. In my mind she would be either comprehensive or accusative. I really didn't know where she would stand.
So I went to see her this afternoon. There was a lot of people in her apartment and many things were happening, so I couldn't get to be private with her. At one point she got to bed because she was really exhausted from her busy last days. When she got up, I went to see her and asked her if she wanted to take a walk. She replied that she was going to ask me the same thing. We smiled. (We both knew that we were both missing our conversations so that was not a surprise)
We left for a walk in a nearby park. We talked about many things in the first 45 minutes or so. Then as we were getting closer to going back to her apartment. I knew that I had to do it. My throat and tongue became dry and I was having difficulty with my breath. As we kept walking side by side, I began:
Me: Sandy, I have to tell you something, but it's difficult to do.
Me: It's really hard to tell and I'm getting emotional, but I want you to know that I'm OK, it's just really hard.
Me: I'm gay.
We were still side by side and I had not watched her yet. I turned to face her and she was also facing me with a very shocked look in her face. She had not expected that!! She didn't seem scandalized, but I told her that I didn't know what she thought on the subject and what she understood her religion said about it. She answered that I was still her cousin and that it wouldn't change
everything anything for her. I was already crying and I told her "Thank you". She got closer and she hugged me.
We resumed our walk and talked openly and respectfully about it. I was really intrigued about what her religious beliefs are concerning homosexuality. We sat on a bench and began a very interesting discussion on the subject. She told me that for her it was a sin, but that she didn't judge me. We were both arguing against each others previous argument. At one point she told me: "I don't want our different views to bring cold between us." I told her that it would not because we have always respected our different views and that it was the same thing this time around, even if it had become much more personal. It probably lasted another 45 minutes and it was the first such long conversation that I've had about my homosexuality. I couldn't be more confortable than with her and I'm glad we had this discussion. It turns out that she thinks that I won't go to Heaven. But she doesn't reject me, that's good enough for me!! I don't know if God and Heaven exist, but if they do, I don't think that my homosexuality will force God to close the doors of Heaven before me.
She told me one more interesting thing. She said she's glad that I didn't tell her 10 years ago, because she would probably have been much less comprehensive. I told her that we both didn't have the maturity that we have today and we have both evolved. It seems that the confidence had to be built.
Once we got back to her apartment, I was ready to leave. She gave me a big hug and a big smile. I was genuinely smiling when I closed the door.