No matter what others may say, don’t be afraid of being yourself

Anna Douglass. 
Photo by Jeremy Huskins.

Anna Douglass. Photo by Jeremy Huskins.

Anna Douglass

When I was little, my mom always told me to be myself. It was easy when I was younger because nobody judged one another and nobody cared.

As I got older, I was told to be myself but also hide all of my imperfections. That included straightening my insanely curly hair, covering up all of my acne with make-up, hiding my secret gaming addiction and half of the crushes I had in high school.

With the help of the internet, it has been easier for me to be myself. I could easily hide behind a keyboard and say all of my feelings on Tumblr.

I could also watch influential people come out, tell their stories and show their true selves to the entire world on YouTube.

For me, YouTubers such as Connor Franta, Tyler Oakley and Hannah Hart helped me understand that it is okay to be myself, that the feelings that I had were nothing to be ashamed of and to share it with the world.

I’m bisexual. I have not told many people but this is the first time that I have felt comfortable expressing my sexuality.

I have known I was bisexual since high school, but I kept it a secret.

I used to make all of my friends think that I was obsessed with boys. I had posters of Taylor Lautner all over my room, and I talked about my unhealthy obsession with various male YouTubers.

I wasn’t lying to them, I just kept my women crushes a secret.

I thought that since I liked both guys and girls that I could easily just choose to like guys and that my life would become much simpler. However, the feelings that I had for females wouldn’t go away.

I am comfortable with my sexuality. I have easily grown to accept who I am and not be afraid to show that this is a part of me and that I should not try to hide it.