Unlearning at 30 by Brodie Thompson

Unlearning at 30

by See Change Ambassador, Brodie Thompson


When I acknowledged my bisexuality, I found myself slumping into a depression. I’d told a close family member who was completely unphased by it in a positive and supportive way that I ended up feeling a bit lost. I think I was expecting a reaction I’d built up in my head, this perceived reaction was a reflection of a problem I think I had with myself and I was scared. I felt like I’d always been putting my sexuality into a box of heterosexuality, because that’s what I thought was expected of me.

When it comes to self-expression, I don’t care what others think, I wear what I want but why was I so concerned about what people would think of my sexuality? I thought I’d felt so comfortable in my own skin but when I let these constraints go of caring what people, friends, family would think if I came out as bi, I wasn’t sure what my identity was anymore. What I’ve since been learning is that I don’t need to put any part of myself in any box, I’ve been unlearning the social expectations I had grown up with and moving with the flow of fluidity and knowing I don’t owe anyone an explanation, not even myself. 


*Photo credit: photographer: @kritisharmaz


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