Hi friends: It's been a long time since I checked in and shared an update. I write this particularly for those who are older and may be struggling in coming out or being out. After 60 years, I came out as bi first to myself last January. It was exhilarating but mostly terrifying. It helped so much coming out next on this site where I found tremendous support and encouragement. Next, I told my 2 adult daughters (it went fantastic), then told one of my 3 brothers (so happy for me), joined a few online dating sites, accidentally outed myself to a colleague who saw my dating profile (we both work for a Christian denomination. He was thrilled because he is still in the closet and finally had someone to talk to) but then....the whole journey stalled. I was living one foot in and one foot out of the closet. I struggled and finally took this group's advice to find a therapist and talk to my doctor about my ongoing anxiety. My therapist happens to also be gay and it was so freeing o talk to someone without fear and judgement. And here we are, 9 months later. Last week a guy liked my dating profile. Finally, i had the confidence to like him back. We talk for hours every day, He's a little bit younger than me, but has been out for more than 20 years. I have never had an experience like this before and my life has bloomed. I am feeling real joy and freedom. We are going to meet in person in about a week (we live 3 hours from each other). I told him, even if this doesn't work out he has already given me a gift that has forever changed my life. He has made me feel desired and wanted. This weekend I am going to my first PRIDE event with my kids. In January the idea of attending a PRIDE event would have been completely terrifying. So, I offer these words of encouragement. If you are new here, listen to this caring group. It does get better. You can have the life you dream about. You have value. You deserve to feel joy and love. Be patient. Be kind to yourself. And if you are struggling, please find someone to talk to. I found an online therapist and it has been life changing. For now, share your heart and I hope to read an amazing update about your life soon.