My Coming Out
I had come out to my best friend months earlier when I first turned 21, but kept it from my parents until I was a few months from moving to New Zealand in case they reacted negatively. I can feel my heart in my throat beating like a drum in my ears and my whole face and ears feel warm as I slide up to the breakfast bar in front of the kitchen.
We meet thousands of people in life and without fail, when you meet someone new they'll say, “So tell me about yourself,” and you'll awkwardly respond by mentioning a few recent things about yourself and ask them the same in return. I usually hate this question because I say something about how old I am, that I lived in New Zealand for a year or about how I moved across the country for school. This doesn’t really reveal anything about me, but it leaves people stuck on whatever I decided to share.