Yes, Born This Way is a song by Lady Gaga. But it’s also the title of a book I read on New Year’s Eve day. And when I finished the last page and closed the back cover, I hugged it to my heart.
The full title of this endearing book is Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing up Gay. Author Paul Vitagliano, who’s known in Los Angeles as the club and radio deejay Paul V, based it on his highly popular blog of the same name. Both share and celebrate the stories of people who grew up during the 40s through the 90s with feelings they didn’t always understand. There’s humor, tenderness and deep love of self.
Paul’s message is universal: Every child is a gift, and, straight or gay, each deserves to be loved unconditionally and raised to know that our differences are to be celebrated.
As I take these one hundred stories with me into 2014, I want to share the New Year’s resolution that I repeat often to myself, and encourage my son and anyone else who will listen to do the same.
I will approve of myself, my characteristics, my abilities, my tendencies, and my likes and dislikes, realizing that these form my unique individuality. I have them for a reason.*
We are all worthy. We all have value. We were born that way. Happy New Year!
*This was given to Jane Roberts and Robert Butts by Seth on New Year’s Day 1979.