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Aloha!!!

I am actually excited to find this website. Ahwaa was recommended to me by a friend, we have a sort of support group where I work but I don’t quite fully understand the hardship the LGBTQ+ group faces here in the Middle East (currently in Bahrain). I want to learn more so I can help the community more. I am from Mokuʻāina o Hawaiʻi (occasionally called the Rainbow State), I am used to open-minded people. Traveling here it was an adjustment and a challenge for me to learn the culture, behavior, customs, etc. It’s a bit frustrating that I cannot find people from my community but I understand its because of safety reasons why they aren’t out there. Still, I want to learn and understand everything. I have been reading a lot of discussion post on Ahwaa, it’s all so intriguing and educational. I hope my introduction and way of writing doesn’t offend anyone, I have always had issues trying to convey my idea onto paper.

I am here to support or if anyone wants to chat. So far, as identity crisis goes, I don’t know what I like entirely? I like people lol? Its always an issue when people bring that question up to me, lately I just answer that I like people in general. I really am attracted to people based on their personality, how they carry themselves and such. Not sure what you can label me by that. If your personality and way of being intrigues me, then I like you. Its how my mind works, I don’t know why people have issues with it. Life isn’t black and white, its full blown color spectrum (like a rainbow). Aloha!

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  • 25-34_f_b_h1_f1
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    I don't remember making my introduction anonymous, I must have clicked that option by mistaske. Lol. Sometimes I become technologically incompetent online, then again I was super excited typing this up lol.

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  • 17-24_m_f_h3_f3
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    You shouldn't feel like who you are is something to be ashamed of. It's fine to not have a label, and just explore. Personally I've always wanted to visit Hawaii. I feel that the people over there are super chill and not dramatic.
    Besides that, from what I have seen, I like the way you think and express yourself

    • 25-34_f_b_h1_f1
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      Hawai’i is very chill and laid back at most time. The only time they do react badly is if you offend any point in time the Hawai’ian culture but that’s the same concept throughout any culture. Visiting Hawai’i is a must when you have the chance, the LGBTQ+ is large in Hawai’i.

      Perhaps if you do plan to visit I can show you around in the future. Could definitely show you how to surf!

      I don’t necessarily feel bothered with labeling just irritated that people push it onto me. Thank you for being awesome, Noodle!

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      Wow! Hawai'i definitely does sound great! I didn't know Hawai'i is spelt this way, I always wrote it as "Hawaii"( I assume "Hawai'i' is the correct spelling). Sorry if the misspelling was offensive!

      You know what, I really might take you up on that offer some day! I'd love to learn how to surf. I don't know how to ride a bicycle, yet, so I want to learn how to do that as well!

      Something that I've learned: people will always judge you, regardless of what you're doing. Someone, somewhere will find something wrong with what you're doing because it's not how they like it done. At the same time, someone, somewhere will always find something beautiful in anything you do; and personally that's beauty at it's peak: being able to find beauty in someone even if you can't find it in everyone. Thank you for being beautiful, Ancels!

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    • 25-34_f_b_h1_f1
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      Actually, I was taught to spell Hawai'i like this more so because of how it is pronounced. The rest of the world spells it like Hawaii. lol it is not offensive at all. So, spell the Rainbow State in whatever way you like.

      Surfing is an amazing experience, its an exhilarating, scary, peaceful and calming feel all at once. In that moment, you think of nothing but that moment. For me, its a complete Zen experience. You feel closer to the sea and nature riding the waves, best to start with a long board since you would have more stability with that. Plus its a complete workout, it works out your entire body. Practicing Yoga also gives me this Zen moment too.

      haha no worries on the bike ride, I learn how to surf first. I was taught how to ride a bike later in life. That was an epic struggle on itself. But bike rides are also nice, I tend to rely on my bike a lot for transportation now, its just scary here in Bahrain. People drive like crazy, kind of wish the Kingdom of Bahrain would have bike paths/ roads so, I don' have to be scared of getting run over all the time.

      I think it's natural that people judge one another at least initially (sometimes, you cannot stop the brain from firing off that random thought), how you act on it after that initial thought is what counts. Yes, someone is always going to have to throw in their "two cents" on something. Most time, I ignore it, it becomes background noise but sometimes it becomes an issue when people decide to act on their thought and try to change me. In most cases, I get fired up and shut those people down quickly but that all depends on the place and time.

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      Oh? That sounds cool. Ah, I am glad I can rest my mind and not focus on my spelling; one less thing I have to worry about while typing hahaha.

      I had no idea surfing would be that good! I thought I'd mainly make a fool of myself trying to stay on top of the board or fighting the calf cramps that I can imagine myself getting while trying to hold onto a surfing board and still look like I've got a handle on this. I don't know about yoga, but I love meditating. The day always feels different and better after meditating; the affect is usually significantly more than the effect I feel!

      I love bicycles! It's actually the same around here in Egypt with how crazy people drive and no designated lanes for cyclers. Regardless, cycling anywhere is just a beautiful experience I think. It's strange to love something so much even when I haven't attempted it a single time. Actually, I've attempted getting on a bicycle and whew I am just glad my face and the ground have not officially met yet. I hope Bahrain changes it's roads to be more suitable for cyclers!

      It might be natural, but not everything that is natural is good. I agree: the actions are what matters. Regardless of what I can do to that person, the first thing that comes to mind is "what a shame" when I encounter such an experience with someone. We would have had a million dollar experience if you kept your two cents to yourself and realized how much more worthless your judgement is. Alas, human beings are in the business of not realizing something's/someone's worth until it's gone.

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    • 25-34_f_b_h1_f1
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      Meditating saves lives. It really does, just quieting your mind and concentrating on the breathing, you wake up as a new person and reality becomes easier to process and deal with.

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    • 17-24_m_f_h3_f3
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      That's exactly why I love it. It allows you a moment to breathe and take it, process it and face it.

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  • You mentioned a support group where you work...is it here in Bahrain or back home?

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