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  • Natalie Garcia
    Natalie Garcia

    Are You A Lesbian? Exploring Your Sexuality In Times of Confusion

    It can be tough to reach a place of self-discovery and acceptance when you're uncertain of your own sexuality. It's a frightening journey, as many of us feel as though we differ from society’s standards. You’re not alone in this struggle; take courage in knowing many people are going through the same thing.

    If you find that you've become interested in or attracted to someone of the same gender or if you’re wondering if you fall under the LGBTQ+ umbrella, it’s essential to take some time to explore your feelings. We all want to understand why we are feeling what we are feeling, and this is especially true for those questioning their sexual orientation. As human beings, it is common for us to want to label ourselves and make sense of what is happening on the inside.

    So, before you leap to any conclusion, it is possible that your innermost thoughts have been unintentionally influenced by what you see, hear, and think around you. In other words, you might be thinking that you're lesbian, even though you may not be. Taking time to process these emotions and think more deeply about yourself is a healthy and reasonable way to do so.

    One way of going about it is to slowly and gradually reveal information about yourself to a trusted friend or family member. If you keep speaking with them, eventually, you will have discussed your concerns in detail and what exactly it is that you are searching for. This safe environment will give you the support you need to work through your feelings which can help you gain clarity.

    You can also search online for support groups, community organizations, counsellors, and therapists near you. Because there are many people in similar circumstances, it can be helpful to attend support groups and share your story. Not only will it provide you with resourceful information, but it could help you understand, not only your situation, but the journey of others as well, allowing for some much-needed endurance and companionship.

    It is normal to battle with confusion, anxiety, and fear when coming to terms with our sexuality and identity. But do remember who you are: you are you, no matter your sexuality or identification. Nobody has more power over you than you do and nobody has the right to appreciate or degrade your choices. Rationalizing with yourself is the leading factor when it comes to accepting your orientation, and as long as you cherish and take pride in yourself, you will discover what path is best to take.

    The rainbow of possibilities we experience should be explored, accepted and cherished. Suppose someone doesn't echo your chosen path? No matter; nothing should change your loving and embracing yourself. And finally, try to prevent any self-doubt or censure settling in. It is not helpful to compare yourself to the expectations of others and their opinions; don’t let anyone else define you. You must always remember that your own exploration is what matters.

    Bigotry continues to exist in the world, however, that isn’t any reason for you to put yourself in a constraining or unclear state of being. Remember, never be afraid to be who you truly are and accept yourself entirely, 100%. Welcome the possibilities, seize the day and do what you think is best - that is the real power of self-love.

    No matter what the outcome of your exploration is, remember to love and accept yourself.

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