Dear Past Adam,
This is Future Adam. I know, it’s weird and you won’t believe me. But I am you in 16 years time. Stay with me, I’ve got something to say that will help you.
You just turned 16. You’re in Year 11 and you’re about to have a huge year at school. You will win the lead role in the high school musical Little Shop of Horrors. You’ll date your female love interest for two days and realise it was never going to work. You’ll achieve academic success in subjects like English and Modern History. Maths will even get better (but you’ll never love numbers like you love words, obviously).
You'll be dancing in your bedroom to Kylie's Love at First Sight. You'll be secretly recording Queer As Folk on VHS when it plays at 10pm on SBS on Monday nights. You'll be keeping a lot of secrets from a lot of people. Mostly yourself.
Being a teenager is tough enough. You know you're not the kind of "cool" that the cool group prescribes. You've always marched to the beat of your own drum – one of your teachers even wrote that on your report in Year 5.
But your coolness is coming in a big way. You see, you're about to make a discovery. A beautiful discovery that's been years in the making. Something you've been too ashamed to talk to anyone about until this year.
Yes, this is going to be the year you come out of the closet.
I know you're not ready yet. There's no manual on how to do this. And it won't happen when or how you expect it to.
You'll have moments when you wonder what went "wrong". How much you'll disappoint your parents. How your life is never going to be "normal", and that eternal pursuit to "fit in" will never actually happen.