Last night a college freshman from Ohio named Luke sent me a comment I found inspiring, so I want to share part of it with you.
“Hi, Martin. I have wrestled since middle school and I always win more of my matches than I lose, so I guess I’m pretty good. In ninth grade I realized I was gay when I fell in love with a friend at school, but I never told him about my feelings. I was so scared someone would find out I was gay, so I never did anything with another guy during high school.
“When I got to college this year I tried out for the wrestling team and made the cut and I had a good season. Again, I fell in love with another guy who lives on my floor in the dorm. I sort of sensed he liked me too, so one night I took a chance and told him I was gay. He said he was too. He said he liked me. So, we became boyfriends and now I am happier than I have ever been.
“I still have not told my parents or my teammates. But my boyfriend, Paul, has told a few of his friends and I have told a few of mine and everyone’s been okay with it. School ends in a few weeks and Paul will spend summer at his folks. I will spend summer at home, too, and I’ll miss Paul a lot. But we are going to room together in the fall.
“I had a good season on the mat this year. I went 7-2, and I went up against some pretty tough guys. So, tell all those wrestlers who read your blog that being gay won’t keep you from doing well in our sport. And life gets much easier when you find a boyfriend!”
Thanks for writing, Luke. Like I said, you inspire me.
It’s yet another beautiful day on the island: sunny, about 75 degrees F, no wind. I’ll write this morning, then I have appointments in town this afternoon. My evening’s free, which is fine. I’ll relax with a book and a glass of wine.
Enjoy your Tuesday, everyone.