The Difference One Life Can Make

Scholarship Entrant: Phillip from Buena Vista, Virginia
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Phillip: 0

As a sixty-one year male I have had a full and interesting life. However to get to this stage in my life I have had to endure prejudice and bullying. I am gay. I was bullied during my early school years for being different. I heard all the usual sissy, gay, queer, and faggot slurs. The era in which I grew up homosexuality was a taboo subject and bullying was expected and accepted. I had no one that I could confide in about being gay or the bullying. I didnt even know a gay person. And to complicate matters, my father was a minister and my entire family extremely religious. As I grew older and wiser, I learned how to hide and deny my sexual orientation. My defense mechanisms to cope with the bullying were a sense of humor and overeating. I attended a Christian college, met a wonderful woman whom I married and had two children. After thirty years of hiding and denying I reached my breaking point and had to face the truth about myself. Once I did that I was happier than I have ever been and have never looked back.
My ideal job would to be work with children who are trying to come to terms with their sexuality and those who are trying to cope with bullying for whatever reason. Having dealt with both I feel that I would be able to help these children. In my day bullying was mainly face to face. Now children are bullied through social media with no safe haven. If I could help one child in managing to accept their differences, cope with the bullying and live a healthy productive life, then my idea of the perfect job would have been fulffilled.

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