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Aaron: Pride Interview
To celebrate PRIDE month the mindyourmind team wanted to highlight the stories of the diverse and inspiring people that make up the LGBTQ+ community. In many ancient cultures storytelling was not only a way to entertain but it was a way to pass on history, values and provide meaning to the listener. It was a way to learn from the past and the journey of others to better understand yourself and where you come from. Just like the stories of the past this interview is meant to give you a glimpse into one person's experience navigating themselves and sharing their journey, challenges and triumphs to become their authentic self.
Pronouns: He/ Him
What is one obstacle you faced on your journey and how did you overcome it (or how are you overcoming it)?
One big obstacle is that I grew up in a very conservative Christian household. I was constantly bombarded with messages that homosexuality was wrong, immoral and disgusting. So it made it very difficult to accept myself. I have had to really do a lot of internal work on that, growing into myself.
How do you practice self-care and/or where do you find support during tough times?
I practice self care sporadically. I spend time doing things I love, but a lot of my time is spent on earning a living and working on my growing side business. But I find spending time with friends helpful, exercising, and I have recently started therapy which has been great in processing my issues.
What is something that people would be surprised to learn about you?
Something that people might be surprised to know about me is that I am a trained singer. I don't sing very much anymore outside of my shower but Music was a big part of my life for a long time.
If you enjoyed reading this interview check back weekly, for the month of June, to hear from other amazing members of the LGBTQ+ community.