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Pride doesn’t have an expiration date. Pride has been a constant goal in my life. Always reaching for authenticity. Pride is about living every day with integrity and honesty. The integrity asserted by accepting myself and letting go of the voices which had made me desperate for some kind of a “normal” life?
More than myself I’ve watched my husband grow. There is a certain amount of freedom that comes from being a hairdresser. For years Jeff worked with military defense, hiding became common and for a while I had the name of Melissa, his wife no one ever met. Today he smiles that beautiful smile when introducing his husband.
Self-discovery taught me that a secret life is a sad life. Self-discovery taught me about the tenuous and all-important connection between identity and freedom. Despite all that came before and would come after, without individuality and authenticity, we could never be free.
In the BIG picture there is room for us all. There is love for us all. There is happiness, and community, and acceptance, and celebration, and at long last, there is JOY. And if you find it at 15 or 30 or 80 – it is there for you to find. Find your truth. Be authentic. Shout out loud. You’re never to old to Toss Glitter’. The world needs it…