Trying to relax is something that just makes for a really rough time — especially if the top of gay rights are on your mind. Of course it’s on your mind as a gay teen. You can’t wake up in the morning without realizing that somewhere out there is someone that thinks that you don’t deserve the same rights they have because you’re gay. It’s a pretty hurtful thing, but you have to relax. Yes, that’s right — we’re telling you that you have to relax. It’s not straight privilege at all, but a reality — you can’t let everything get to you. The best thing that you can do is make sure that you are taking care of your loved ones, having fun and looking forward to the bright future ahead of you. Far too many gay teens end up seeing only the negative in the world, letting it eat away at them until they end up falling apart. That’s not the way to go at all. You need to make sure that you keep yourself grounded. Yes, there’s a lot of evil in the world…but there’s also a lot of good as well. What you have to do from here is make sure that you stay as balanced as possible.
Relax. Right now is a good time for gay teens. We’re looking better and better in the media. Ellen DeGeneres and other high profile gay people are leading the way. That should be enough to put a smile on your face. Commercials for things like Amazon’s Kindle display gay relationships in a positive, loving light. JCPenney, a very old and established corporation, did a lovely Mother’s Day / Father’s Day ad that highlighted same sex parents in a loving and positive life.
If we keep looking for reasons to be upset, we’re going to find ourselves with a lot of stress on our plates. It’s just not necessary anymore. You might as well just let it go and try to relax.
We’re not saying that the fight doesn’t matter. You better believe that it really does. But you have to realize that stress is something that eats away at everything it touches. That’s a hard pill to swallow when you really think about it. Why not check things out that will relax you? A hot bath, a good walk, and more time with friends seems to always give us something new to look forward to. Good luck!