All my friends have been writing brilliant mini thesises on religion, sexual identity and gender roles. I must say, I found them interesting, and food for thought. Sometimes however, it serves to reinforce how different my life is/ has been from the rest of you!
I think the biggest difference has been my upbringing: growing up part of a cloistered, conservative (and I believe, abusive) cult: I think has left the deepest impact when it comes to relating to general 'outside' stuff: I constantly feel like I am on catchup mode, trying to grab bits of my peer pop culture history: just so I can relate. For an example, the first time in my life I sat down and actually listened to the Spice Girls was last year: for the record, I found them slightly immature, and fulfilling every male fantasy of an ideal woman: come on! They had different 'types/personalities' to cater to different male views/fantasies! And you see, that's the thing: I am past the point to be able to just enjoy them: I virtually 'missed' that entire era.
And what about my current life? Sometimes I feel so much more responsiblity than many of my peers: and so ahead of them when it comes to life goals. A lot of my friends are all about careers and finishing uni: and I just find those things soooo minor in the big scheme of things. To me, I can't take a career, or a uni degree, or money with me when I die...What's important, now, particularily after my diagnosis, is family and people whom I care about. Life is too short to fit into other people's time schedule: something which I have done my entire life. 20+ years....The next 40+ years are going to be about me...and my ideas for my life.