This was my first week out at work as Jasmine. Part of me feels like this should have been very intense, but it wasn’t. But maybe that was what made it so wonderful.
At some point, I’m not sure when; I had this thought that this week should have been intense. After all, this was my big coming out event. For sure I was a bit nervous at times, but it was never intense.
Getting to this point was quite intense. There was so much leading up to this day. I had to learn so many new perspectives and skills. Then there were all those conversations I had with various people as I slowly built up my confidence. All of that was intense at times.
But now that I am here it feels so right. I think that is mostly because everyone has made it so comfortable for me, it just feels natural as it should.
From Monday morning on I had my friends greeting me with hugs and kind words. It seemed every day someone had something special to say. It was like the whole world was telling me it is OK, this is right. Albeit it was just a few friends. I guess what they lacked in numbers they made up for in warmth, kindness, and enthusiasm.
I am so blessed to have such wonderful friends. I still have a ways to go, but more and more I am realizing I am not alone.