I have deliberated about whether or not I should write this article. Those closest to me already know that I identify as bisexual, but while they have accepted that and have reassured me that they love me regardless, I still feel like they and everyone else do not know who I really am and what I have learned while coming to terms with my sexuality. Part of that is largely because my sexuality is not something that I like talking in great detail about, so I do realize that the accusation is largely my own doing. However, there is something to be said about not truly understanding something unless you experience it.
I am fully aware that my decision to write this article could set me free in a way that I have not yet fully experienced, or make me feel isolated in a way that I hope I and others in similar circumstances will never have to encounter. However, in the end, the pros outweigh the cons — I have spent the last 20 years of my life being a friend, a daughter, a granddaughter and a cousin. Now, as I have just recently turned 20 years old, I am ready to fully be me. There will certainly be people who tell me that this is not the proper platform to talk about something so personal. However, I have always felt most comfortable expressing myself through my words and something so integral to who I am should not be expressed any differently. Therefore, here are the 20 things that being bisexual has taught me.