Coming out. When you struggle with mental health, this phrase takes on a second meaning to what everyone typically associates coming out with. When the circuits in your brain misfire, when the neurochemical ratio is imbalanced, we often feel a shift and have to wait until it passes. Going in and out of anxious spells, in and out of depression, in and out of feeling yourself. These ebbs and flows give coming out a new meaning when the emotional turmoil subsides. The world reopens, our senses take on a heightened sensitivity, and everything we just berated ourselves for and put ourselves down about it laughable now. We re-emerge from the darkness once again, coming out of a fog and feeling like ourselves again.

It happens regularly. We always come out. We are always reintroduced to the world, introducing ourselves to people, and feeling as if there is something that sets you apart from others that makes you “different.”

Coming out in the more popular sense of sexuality is another thing we learn to expect to do regularly throughout our life. Always having to “admit” something because it’s different from the majority, never knowing when and who you can be your true self with or how someone might react, but always learning to own your truth and accept the constant reveal.

Coming out is a part of who we all are. We all have things that make us different and reasons for who we are. We all get to know each other by sharing things, admitting things, and opening up. Some of these “things” are less obvious than others but all are vulnerable.

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