I read this quote from a commencement speech Steve Jobs gave in 2005, after he had been diagnosed with cancer... and it struck me how relevant parts of his speech are to gay people who are struggling with coming out and making their own lives the way the want them:

"No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

The whole speech is really interesting... he tells another story about dropping out of college to save money, but continuing to go to classes without getting any credit.. he just wanted to learn (what a concept!) icon_biggrin.gif
If you want to read it, or watch a video of it, it's here: