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Heading Out (of the broom closet)

I’ve decided to come out of the broom closet to my parents. The thought of being out is very freeing, but the path to get to that point looks stressful and scary. In anticipation of the many questions that will come, I’m putting together a list of online resources that might help my parents sort things out (they like to do research). Here is what I have so far. If you have anything you’d like to suggest to me, please leave a comment!

What is Paganism?

http://paganfed.org/paganism.shtml

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~pagansoc/?page_id=143

John Beckett – a Pagan, Druid, Unitarian Universalist

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2008/06/in-the-beginning.html

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2008/06/how-many-gods.html

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2008/07/21st-century-paganism.html

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2009/03/no-devil-in-the-craft.html

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2009/09/the-broom-closet.html

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2009/12/the-case-for-god-4.html

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2010/04/god-is-not-one.html

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2010/05/pagan-universalism.html

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2011/06/pagan-values.html

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2012/03/seduced-by-the-occult.html

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2012/08/a-pagan-epistemology.html

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2013/01/the-myth-of-magic.html

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett/2014/01/a-pagan-faith.html

Secrets

On a vacation of sorts to see my family. It’s odd to be back in an old life. They’ve been very respectful of me for the most part and haven’t made attempts at proselytization. My mom suggested I pray about a few things, but that has been it so far. I’ve done my best to be respectful of their beliefs as well. I’ve also tried not to spout my more liberal thoughts and opinions. Being an adult child is a bizarre state of existence that I’m having a hard time adjusting to.
I’ve caught myself wanting to say something very pagan a few times. They don’t know my current state of beliefs, and would not appreciate my paganism. The last time my parents brought up paganism, I was unsure of my beliefs, but the topic was more than enough to send my mom into a tizzy. Because of that instance, I’m loathe to bring it up again. I censor everything I say to them or do on Facebook. Hiding things is frightfully annoying and stressful, but espousing the truth would be worse, so for now I’ll stay silent.
Do any of you have coming out stories or thoughts about the limbo state of being a twenty-something adult child?

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