to be, to change, to hide, to be

i just want to be. to be anything i choose. to be a doctor. to be a lawyer. to be an artist.


but to be anything i choose, i am forced to change. to change who i am. to change what i stand for.


because people like me do not get to be doctors. or lawyers. or artists. we are forced away.


to hide. to hide from harsh judgment. to hide from physical harm. to hide from life.


but today, i am no longer hiding. i have decided to be. to be a student. to be a child. to be a lawyer.


to be non-binary. to be queer.


to be myself.

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