Report Story The day that changed my life forever I still remember the day that changed my life like it was yesterday. I mean, how could I forget it? It was the best and worst day of my life.
By Tyler Curry February 19 5: For a while I had been pouring my heart out into an op-ed I blindly submitted to The Advocate.
I expected to wait days for a response, but got one in less than 24 hours. An editor enjoyed the piece and wanted to run it right away. My fate sealed, I went to the movies and took advantage of my last chance to truly be anonymous because the next day my biggest secret could be trending.
I had been wrestling with a decision for months. I was 28 years old and hiding in plain sight. This newfound closet I found myself in was suffocating my spirit. It was time to come out, again. Suddenly there it all was: Up until that point, I had vacillated back and forth about what to expect.
You can never fully appreciate the impact that coming out with your truth will have until you take the leap. Now, five years later, I can say in retrospect that the first day of living openly with HIV was the best day of my life. I only knew that telling the truth would help me finally move beyond my own crisis.
Since my first essay, every word I have written has been inspired by the stories and experiences so many others have shared in response. Sometimes, the best way to help yourself is to push past your own perspective and learn how to help others.
That was the opportunity revealing my status gave me, and I am forever grateful.
My life is better because of it. The path to finding yourself begins with who you are at this very moment. There are no shortcuts because every time you avoid the scariest, messiest part of your life, you end up right back where you started.
You begin to change for the better by accepting the whole of who you are today, and more importantly, by allowing those around you to accept and love you as well. Two months ago, I took time to reflect again. What was once a dramatic tsunami of emotional highs has calmed, becoming a placid sea of community involvement and steady growth.
In the beginning, I was anxious and overly excited when giving advice to others struggling with their own HIV status. As a not-so-newly HIV-positive something, I know there are still obstacles to face in the future. And that, right there, is all the advice I have to give.
Everyone has their own interpretation of what being open means to them. If I had one wish it would be for everyone who is still hiding their status to come out of the closet and live in the light.Before Moochie was a murderer, he was something of a savior inside our single-wide, tin-can of a trailer home.
He was the son who had protected my mother from an abusive, alcoholic husband. The day that changed my life forever I still remember the day that changed my life like it was yesterday.
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