Upon receiving my diagnosis I made a promise – I would be uncompromisingly true to myself no matter what the cost. I had no idea what an incredible journey this promise would take me on and I never could have truly estimated the cost or the reward. I can no longer recommend that just anyone follow in my footsteps – not without great consideration.
Being uncompromisingly true to yourself may win you a great deal of adulation. This is not necessarily good. Also, you will more than likely be crucified in one way or another. This is not necessarily bad, though the wounds may heal very slowly and forever leave their ugly scars.
After so many years I’m just beginning to grow up. I hate every minute of it. Why? Because I’m learning the necessity of compromise. I still honor myself and my unique attributes, but I’ve come to realize that people fear what is different and though I yearn for a society which nurtures human diversity, I’ve gained a healthy fear of ignorance.
Being different is NOT easy. In fact, sometimes it’s downright dangerous. Choose your battles. Even when you fight for a righteous cause, some battles simply cannot be won, and the cost may be greater than you ever imagined.