For the first time in my life I thought about what it would have been like if I were straight and had a family surrounding me. I think being gay is so damned hard sometimes. I'm not saying that being straight is some sort of shangri la but I think that having a family to grow old with would be nice. When you are gay with no kids things are different. Maybe its because I am close to turning 40 now that I have started thinking about what is going to happen to me as I age. The thought of dying alone with no family scares me. At least straight people have their children to rely on.
I do not regret being gay. I just think that relationships are much harder because there are no set rules. There is no marriage to bind us, just love, honesty and trust. Somtimes having no rules gives us a great sense of freedom because we can make our own. Other times it scares the shit out of me because gay relationships can change at the drop of a hat. I think that a lot of gay people have relationship issues because they have been hurt so many times that they just give up. It's easier to lock your heart away rather than get it crushed over and over. Its easier to shove everyone away rather than get close and be vulnerable. It makes me sad.
I am starting a new job next week. I hope that I am making the right decision but still a sense of fear is there. I need to do something rather than just continue bobbing along going with the status quo. I want to use this time to feel better, reduce my stress level, and hopefully figure out what the hell I really want to do with my life.