I worried she was denying her identity. I wanted to say "Baby, I've been down this road before." Instead, I listened to my inner self and submitted myself to the generational gender gap. What gap, you ask? Well, my daughter presented me with a new type of love-like dating scenario where there are no labels. She explained her life, innocently wanting to include me and hoping that my authentic gay self would accept her authentic dating-a-girl-but-not-a-lesbian self ... and here's what I learned:
- You never stop learning about your gender.
- Listen and hear your kids when they talk with you.
- Wisdom is a gift to be packaged without judgment.
- It's shocking when you start acting like your own parents ... but it's okay!
- Be open to a new generation of thinking.
- Living without labels and assumptions makes life a lot easier.
So, why do I share this with YourTango readers? In love and life, the moment we make assumptions about what someone says is the moment we tune out ... unless we immediately tune back in. Be open to the possibilities of learning something new about yourself and others, regardless of where it comes from. You just might uncover something really cool that makes you more aware and open to finding just who you need in your life.