So I accepted myself, but how do I start to live?

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    May 16, 2008 11:05 PM GMT
    Accepting myself wasn't easy at all and even though I'm OK with being gay now, that long phase took its toll. I don't have friends and my confidence and overall drive has suffered. What should be my next step...?
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    May 16, 2008 11:42 PM GMT
    Next step should be to eat!

    I find, for my self, that its during eating that I work out the most things.

    Get out there and start learning about your self, yes, great, you have accepted you are gay, but, now you need to learn who you are as a whole, not just a man who is gay.

    Join a club or two that are about things you have interests in maybe, go out to meet people (not always to sleep with people)

    Go do things you enjoy, as you become more confident, open, experienced and self assured people will naturally begin to be drawn to you and you will be drawn to them.

    It will take time and effort, but, you will get there eventually.
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    May 17, 2008 1:22 AM GMT
    I agree with lilTanker (except for the go eat part, lol). My biggest piece of advice would be, make sure you stay true to yourself, your beliefs, your values, etc. Some of my friends that are gay allow that to overtake them, to make them think that they have to do certain thing...don't make that mistake! Just be yourself and join some clubs that you think you might like. It won't be easy at first, especially if you get anxious about social situations...god knows I use to...just find what you like and go for it!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    May 17, 2008 1:52 AM GMT
    Take it one day at a time, remembering that each and every one of us went through our own share of drama, fear, shame, uncertainty, and confusion as well on our road to coming to terms with this, and that you too will find your way.
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    May 17, 2008 2:23 AM GMT
    Find something you enjoy doing - get on with your life.

    Suggestions in your area:

    http://www.desertadventures.org/

    http://www.teamarizona.org/

    or...

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    Start up tennis group/league-informal m/w all ages-singles/doubles. At least a 3.0 level or close to it

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    Go out and meet other people in the community.

    Start living your life the way you want to.

  • HndsmKansan

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    May 17, 2008 2:26 AM GMT
    Well I think I agree with part of what has been mentioned above... even with CuriousJock... wow...LOL

    Seriously, I would start by remembering that while you are gay, it is only a part of who you are. You are the same person (albeit with realization now) that you were prior... you just have reason to learn who you are as a gay man. Yes, you do need to learn even more about yourself.. be comfortable by realizing the possibilities.. of what you can achieve in coming years... and that has nothing to do with being straight or gay.

    Along the way you need to develop a support system. you didn't say about your family or your parents and the situation there. We don't know what happened to your friends, but you need to develop some new.. good quality friendships with others (gay or straight) who will accept you for the talented person you are.

    You mentioned that emotionally you have suffered. It would have been nice if you had given us more facts, but the recommended path would probably still be the same. Just remember we are here for you should you need to talk or ask input!
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    May 17, 2008 2:32 AM GMT
    Take a deep breath, exhale and remember that life will go on. Then enjoy it. And F the folks that are not comfortable with it.It is your life.....live it to the fullesticon_wink.gif
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    May 17, 2008 2:37 AM GMT
    Luckydog76 said.....live it to the fullesticon_wink.gif


    or at least as much as you can afford ... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 17, 2008 2:47 AM GMT
    All of the above is great advice - so, I don't have anything more for you - other than to just have a good time........do something fun each day - be good to yourself! The more fun you begin to have - the more hot guys you'll meet who want to join you!

    Best of everything to you!
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    May 17, 2008 8:42 AM GMT
    cliche time! Be yourself of course! icon_razz.gif Then you might start thinking of coming out. But only when you're ready.

    When I accepted myself as gay, nothing changed except that I felt better at not having to force myself to like girls. icon_razz.gif
  • GQjock

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    May 17, 2008 10:01 AM GMT
    Ok.. now you're gay
    and the sun came up and it's another day
    and you're still the Exact same guy you were yesterday
    You still like all the same things you liked before
    the same movies
    the same things to eat
    the same places to go
    so...
    except now you can meet gay men without worrying if word would get out
    now get on with it
    there's a whole new gay world out there for ya
    but I'd be careful
    don't fall into the gay bar ... strip club
    trick of thinking thats what being gay is
    do like the guys have told you
    get out there and do things that will kill 2 birds with one gay stone
    join groups and clubs that are already things you like to do