All I need is a chance to be heard and understood,
Not to be the mistake child who everyone talks about.
Not to be making six-digits and have nothing to spend it on.
Not to be living your dreams for you.
"Be a doctor,
Be an engineer,
Be a lawyer,"
That's all I ever hear.
I'm different than the rest of the kids in our house,
I'm different than the rest of the kids in the neighborhood,
I will not be your puppet any more.
You robbed me of my childhood,
You filled me with dreams that weren't mine,
You talk about me with the whole family so I can't defend myself,
You reject me because I make you look bad.
I'm gay, yes.
I want to be a nurse.
Or a teacher.
Or an actor.
Life has given you a son for 18 years.
You need to give him back to life.