Pro golfer Tadd Fujikawa reflects on coming out one year ago today: “I have lived some of my greatest moments”
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This is the pic that I posted on the day that I fully became ME. Kind of wish I picked a better selfie honestly. ????????♂️???? Exactly one year ago, I came out that I'm gay. I did it in hopes of helping others who were going through something similar. But I had no idea to what extent that would end up becoming. I was going to write a long post all about ME and what I have been through. But I realized that I can do a lot more. Today is #WorldSuicidePreventionDay and I'd like to share some thoughts that could hopefully be meaningful to all of us. A few years ago I was in such a bad place mentally. I was scared, terrified really. Never would I have thought I could be an out and proud gay man and still be a pro golfer. Never would I have thought I could make a difference like this. Never would I have thought I'd be at this place right now. No…this isn't where I want to be in my career (and sometimes I can get down on myself about that). But I have so much to find joy in. I'm not saying that coming out was my (or will be your) fix for all. But I will say that somehow not giving up on myself was the best decision I've ever made. I have so many people to thank for saving my life. I just hope that sharing my life can be a way of paying it forward. I hope this can be a reminder that you are not alone. A reminder that you don't have to be afraid to be yourself. A reminder that reaching out is a sign of strength and courage. A reminder that you are worthy and loved. A reminder to hold on to that little bit of hope and fight to take one step forward each day. A reminder that things can get better. Today I'm just so grateful for the times when I didn't want to be seen, when I didn't want to get out of bed, when my soul was so broken on the inside. The times where I felt like there was no hope to get better, feel better, and I was tired. It's brought me to where I am. It's made me better, stronger. And hopefully that can empower just one of you to keep going! Thank you to my family and my chosen family for all that you have done and continue to do for me. I have lived some of my greatest moments in the past year because of you…and I know there are many more to come.