For me, where I start from, there's very little to lose. I can't be really more of an outcast. I know what being an outcast feels like, so it's not a place that is very frightening to me. In some ways, being an outsider is very liberating, freeing, because you're not required to actually fit the norms because you don't, and you're reminded of that frequently. So in childhood, it was very difficult, because all children want to fit, they want to have friends... but by college I was pretty much, 'Ok, this is the deal, I'm alright with it.'
And it was at that point that the risk of being different, of pushing the envelope, of challenging some of the unspoken norms of our society - which are actually the most powerful ones because they are unspoken and are just taken as a matter of course - became not a frightening place for me to be. It's actually a rather comfortable although exhausting place to be. But I'm quite ok being there.
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