About Me, Leo

About Me, Leo

I’d like to introduce myself.

My name is Leo. My mom is really into astrology and named me after my zodiac sign. According to her, Leos are passionate, proud, and love to be the center of attention. I don’t know if that fits me exactly, especially the center of attention thing. I’d like to think of myself as passionate and proud, though.

I’d like to ask my mom’s opinion, but I haven’t talked to her in years, and I certainly don’t think she’d want to talk to me now.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

I want you to get to know me a little bit, the real me before I tell you my story.

I’m 22 years old and live in Philadelphia with my boyfriend, Jamal. We have two labs, one black, one yellow, named Yin and Yang. I’m tall, have a decent tan, blue eyes, and blonde hair I don’t like to cut very often. I work from home in graphic design, and I love playing video games, trying out new restaurants, and walking in the park with Jamal, Yin, and Yang. I have a pretty good life, despite some struggles I’ll get into later.

If you’d have told me a few years ago that this would be my life now, I never would have believed you. I wasn’t the same person back then. I am now feeling more like myself, a better version of myself, than I have in years, despite my illness.

I’m really lucky to be where I am now. I never went to college, but I worked hard to learn graphic design on my own and built a solid freelance career I’m very proud of. I’m proud of my great relationship with my amazing boyfriend. I’m proud of our dogs, and our apartment in a nice neighborhood.

Most of all, I am proud of my sobriety, and that I am still alive today.

I got addicted to heroin when I was a teenager, and it almost destroyed me.

If I can get out of the horrible place I was in a few years ago and turn my life around, anyone can. I am grateful for every day that I wake up, clean and sober, and free to live another day.

I want to share my story in the hopes that it can help someone who is suffering from addiction, especially members of the LGBTQ community. I genuinely believe I would not have gone down that dark path if it weren’t for complications due to my sexuality. But again, I might not have ended up how I am today, and for that I am thankful.

Keep reading if you want to know more about my story.

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