"If I could talk to my past self, I would tell myself 'Everything will be ok. You will eventually be able to be yourself'.
See, I was an only child with very strict parents back then and wasn't really able to do much during my youth. When I turned 17, they put me out the house because they found out that I was dating this girl. But no matter what... after that... I stayed true to myself. I could've conformed to their expectations of me but instead I followed my heart.
Later on my mother told me 'You're not the daughter I asked for but you're the daughter that God gave me...'. As rude as that sounded, it was the most liberating thing she told me because it was the truth."- Janelle