Today is the first day of my new life. I'm driving as far as Virginia today and have dinner with a friend at Virginia Tech, then I'll drive from there to Albany, New York, on Thursday. I'll arrive in my new town on Friday and take possession of my new apartment. The rest of this week is a transition but the new day has begun.
Since this is a new beginning, I've been doing a lot of thinking about my blog title. And while I have mulled over a number of suggestions, I've decided that at least for now, it will stay The Closet Professor. As my friend of mine in marketing would say, it's my brand. It is what people are familiar with and even though the web address wouldn't change, there would still be some ripple effect in changing it. I chose The Closet Professor because I was a teacher and I was in the closet, but also because it gave the blog an LGBT qualifier in the name. The LGBT part of the title is something that has always been very important to me, and I don't want to let that go. Even though I will no longer be teaching (though I'm still hoping I might be able to, at least some) and I will be out, The Closet Professor is a major part of who I am. It's who I was and part of me will always be.
I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like today, October 7, 2015, is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's.
A new day has begun...