0160C: Ten Years Now...

Yesterday marked my 10th anniversary at the company. 10 years. Wow.

I didn't really think about this too much initially - I was busy completing a few tasks at the office at the end of my day. And then last night we met up with a gaming group to play Dixit and Monster Hearts. But oddly enough, it all hit me while at O Bar Ortigas. And this is more than just my employment history.

It's LGBT Pride month (whether officially or not), and during this time of the year most queer-friendly bars and clubs start digging up older gay anthems to mark the period. It's not a true Pride celebration until you hear rather older songs blasting out of the club's speakers. And this naturally lends itself to a certain degree of nostalgia, something that really affected me last night.

So while songs like Let the Joy Rise and Moony - DB Boulevard collaboration Believe, I started thinking about old Malate and the different Pride celebrations and White Parties of past. And that had me thinking of everything else that had happened over the past 10 years.

10 years ago I turned left when I should have turned right. Leaving home may have been of the craziest and stupidest decisions that I've ever made in my life, but there's no arguing that it has become quite the defining moment in my life. Everything changed for me 10 years ago, and there's no turning back the clock. And while I have some regrets about things that had happened because of that one decision, on the whole it was a good thing and helped me become the man that I am today.

My leaving home had almost everything to do with my homosexuality. My principles related to the importance of coming out and to be honest in such matters were formed after that event. My belief in the need for LGBT rights and greater acceptance for the LGBT community were really brought home when I took that first big step. So many things about who and what I am today.

10 years ago I literally changed my life. And I am all the better because of it.
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