I wish I’d known

I wish I’d known I was autistic. That there was a reason I never fit in. 

I wish I’d known I was bisexual. That I didn’t need to have had a girlfriend, ever, to be so. 

I wish I’d known I was aromantic. That falling in love wasn’t a prerequisite for being human. 

I wish I’d known I was genderfluid. That I could sometimes be a girl and sometimes not. 

I wish I’d known I was NB. That I could be something other than a girl or a boy. 

I wish I’d known that I could be polygamous. That monogamy wasn’t the only option. 

I wish I’d known I had a chronic illness. That there was a reason I was so tired. 

I wish I’d known I wasn’t lazy. That laziness is a concept foisted on us by others. 

I wish I’d known these things and more. But, at least I know now. 

[image of a lot of multicoloured balloons, each tied with string to paper containing a wish written on it. The balloons are floating off into a deep blue sky.]

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