You've walked a different path toward this person you've become. The obstacles you've faced have created all the resolve and ambition I see before me today. You have been taught one way is right and anything that deviates is inconsequential. Or plain wrong. Every step you've taken in your journey, has taken up moments, precious minutes and hours of your life. Every pebble you've kicked out of your way or boulder you've pushed and slaved to remove from your path cost you time and energy. And led you here, in front of me, now.
I don't have to understand each decision you made or agree with each and every manner in which you progressed to this point, but I do have to honor and respect it. After all, each choice, each step brought you to me.
And it is human nature for anyone to look at who you are, not how you arrived there, and make a judgement. But if I'm going to love you, it's my job to accept you as you are. To listen, maybe even oftentimes disagree, but accept you just the same.
Because I am not you.
Who I am is shaped by my mistakes, my triumphs, my tormentors and saviors. Where I've been, what I've done, who I've known, where I'm going.
And wherever that is, right now, I stand before you.
I am not right, by your standards, but I am by mine.
I am not normal by most standards, and that suits me just fine.
I am not a square peg trying to fit in a round hole because, frankly, I realized a long time ago,
I will not fit through any crevice. There is no box that can contain me.
I am quite happy
Being the block most people leave laying around to trace, to build upon, or even to step on, jolting them awake in the middle of the night
on their way toward a glass of water.
I am not wrong.
I am not weird.
I am not abnormal or crazy.
I am just not you.
And you have a decision to make,
a step to take toward me