Embracing and celebrating who you are... Stories of epiphanies.

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    May 07, 2011 3:00 AM GMT
    To me, coming to terms with who I am and embracing my sexuality is a relatively new thing. It happened in a series of mini epiphanies... the biggest one was a speech by Gareth Thomas. It really hit home.

    Seeing the extent to which this man went to keep up appearances and finally coming to the point where the lies became unbearable and saying:
    Alright, enough! It's my life and I only get one.

    Deciding to be your own role model if you can't find one, standing tall and proud, impervious to bigots.

    I'd like to hear other people's stories...

    EDIT: When did you realize that you should start accepting yourself for who you are?
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    May 07, 2011 4:04 AM GMT
    You only get one chance to be yourself.
    If you don't accomplish that before you die, you failed at life.
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    May 07, 2011 4:59 AM GMT
    Huh... it's interesting how few responds posts like these get compared to:

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    May 07, 2011 6:07 AM GMT
    It took me a lil while, but when i finally embraced myself for who i am my life became one million times better than it had ever been before. Life is too short to waste it trying to be to be someone you're not.
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    May 07, 2011 6:44 AM GMT
    I believe that you won't ever truly understand yourself mostly because we change with every day. Different influences, thoughts, signs, etc.

    But definitely having those epiphanies as to major breakthroughs in understanding yourself are always amazing.

    The thing I find most enjoyable is the fact that you can't make yourself out to be something you're not...but you can guide yourself to be anything that you want to be.
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    May 07, 2011 1:19 PM GMT
    Anyone's true essence is their virtuous heart.

    Take away or diminish the self cherishing nature of the ego and you are on your way to being set free.
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    May 07, 2011 2:11 PM GMT
    One of my favorite quotes from George Eliot is, "It's never too late to be who you might have been." I've kept that as my motto ever since I read it and strive to keep improving myself. It wasn't till I hit my 40s and truly began to embrace who I am.

    This has been one of those weeks where everything came together and I realized I am living the life I've always wanted to live.
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    May 07, 2011 11:24 PM GMT
    theantijock saidNever heard the Eliot quote before. Love it; thanx for sharing. Though, only for the record of internets accuracy, according to what I just found in this book it seems "George" is the pen name for Mary Ellen Evans and it words the quote as "what" you might not "who" you might. I found on the internets both versions used variously.

    http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/g/georgeelio161679.html also shows the quote as "what" not "who".

    S/he has been Wiki'd here

    Being self-aware for as far back as I can recall--I was one of those moody, introspective kids--I never had any epiphany regarding my who, but I have had cause to celebrate my various whats. Currently back in school as one of the oldest students in most of my classes, I'm working on starting a third career having already enjoyed 10 in one and 20 in another.

    While I look forward to playing in life a new roll that I believe I will embrace, probably the greatest epiphany I've ever experienced has not to do with any exploration of the self, but ever since being such a picky eater when I was a kid, probably it was when I finally realized, late in life, that I actually love mushroom barley soup.


    Oops I didn't realize I wrote "who" and not "what." Oddly enough, I quoted it to a friend and wrote "what". I looked it up and saw there were two versions of the quote floating around. I think the correct quote is "It's never too late to be what you might have been."

    I don't know why George Eliot is still referred to as George Eliot and not as Mary Anne Evans (or Marian). The Brontë sisters also used male pseudonyms, Currer (Charlotte), Ellis (Emily) and Acton (Anne) Bell, but everyone now uses their real names.

    I think Eliot's book, Middlemarch, is one of the greatest novels in the English language.
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    May 08, 2011 3:23 AM GMT
    Every day can bring you discoveries that point you closer to who you really are. It never ends. It's wonderful.

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    May 08, 2011 3:28 AM GMT
    I had been attempting to discover myself and analyze my feelings/emotions/sexuality for many years.

    Then on Sunday about a month ago... I just woke up and was ok with myself. My whole self. Including my sexuality. It was very epiphany-esque.

    I had help getting there, including many guys on here.

    I still don't know what it is that finally pushed me over the edge and allowed me to accept myself.

    I'm just happy it happened icon_smile.gif