I’m healing. Religion has been pushed on me my whole life, and I’m finally coming to terms that it’s okay to let that go. I have always felt like religion shouldn’t be something that is constricted; it shouldn’t be this confining force that makes you afraid to live. Religion should be love and acceptance. Religion should bring about a sense of freedom. It has taken me a long time to trust myself and to accept who I am becoming and I believe one reason is because I started to look within. I realized that I don’t have to become this person that others want me to be. I am figuring things out the hard way, but personal experience is the only way. We cannot simply substitute our own life’s compass for someone else’s experience or set of ideas.