When you are different, it is sometimes easier to pretend, for the sake of others, that you are other than your nature.
Pretending can be a useful strategy for making others more comfortable, and to get them to leave you alone. When they are not bothering you, you can spend your energy doing as you please, rather than constantly reassuring others or dealing with their questions, their concerns, their judgments or their wishes. Stealth is also very useful because it allows you to accomplish what you want with less effort and less conflict. It allows you to get things done without direct opposition.
The problem with spending years in stealth mode and with pretending to be what everyone else is comfortable with, is that it becomes a habit so entrenched in your life, a pattern so deeply imbedded, that you might forget that it's not who you truly are. And breaking that habit will take a lot of hard work.
It will take diligence and perseverance and sometimes, what may seem to be rather extreme measures. It will take courage and intent and more hard work. It may cause anxiety, fear, confusion, panic, more confusion, for yourself but, also for those around you.
You will have to deal with those you love feeling afraid because you are no longer speaking or behaving in the way that they have come to expect, nor in the way that they want you to.
And you will feel awkward, because walking around as you is much different that walking around as the person you have been pretending to be.
You might wear different clothes, different shoes, have a different posture, a different gait, a different voice that may sound strange to your ears. You may even find yourself giving voice to thoughts you have only ever heard inside your own head before, and that will be strange too.
I am done pretending to be small. I am done pretending to be timid. I am done pretending to be weak. I am done being quiet. I am done being what someone else is comfortable with. I am done with the comfort of stealth mode, with the comfort of pretending. I am done with the comfort of habit.
I am done living a half-life that belongs to someone else. It is time to begin living my life as truthfully, as openly, as loudly, as largely, as I will. No More Pretending.
If you are one of my beloveds, consider this fair warning. I am larger than you have perceived, braver than you have guessed, stronger than you have imagined, louder than you may be comfortable with, and more powerful than you may wish. I promise to be patient with you as you become accustomed to me. I love you and I want you in my life, but I will continue to keep pushing until I have found how to live with the integrity that my Gods, my Ancestors and my own Soul require.
So Mote It Be.