“Benji” instead of “Ben”

I’ve received a great deal of questions regarding my decision to go by “Benji” henceforth rather than just “Ben,” as I was previously acknowledged.

There’s a reason.

“Ben” was a smart kid who knew too much for his good. A drinker, a user, a closeted kid in over his head. Ben thought he could talk his way out of every situation; to his detriment, he was often right.

Benji is an openly gay, clean, kinder person. I hope people recognize that, and if not, then I hope to show that in the future. The switch in nomenclature was a necessary one, as I switched between the person I became and progressed toward the person I want to be. I’m not that person yet, but know now what that person could be. I hope to become him. I think, now, that I can.

~ by Benji on August 6, 2014.

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