Today, I realized yet again that I must one day write my memoir, even if no one will ever read it.Â Given my fascinatingly strange coming out story, I believe I have something to offer about the gay coming out experience as a metaphor for self-discovery, individuation.
I fear, however, that some who might otherwise warm to my story would reject it because of one element, the political aspect of my journey.Â But, that is only one ingredient in the strange mix of my experiences.
The real strangeness of my own experience has nothing to do with my politics, but instead that my coming out story, like many good movies, has a villain who seems drawn from central casting, an arrogant man in perfectly tailored suits who, in the guise of helping me, gave me nothing but bad advice.Â And he happened to be gay.
My thought today was on the importance of mentors in our lives which is of course related to the subject of my doctoral dissertation, how the goddess Athena serves as a mentor to nearly all the Greek heroes who achieve success in their endeavors.
She reminds us of the importance of good guidance as we strive, struggle even, to realize our goals.Â Perhaps, more on this anon.Â My own story shows that bad advice often delays the realization of those goals.