I have recently been talking to a friend of mine this week. We have been in choir for a long time and the last few years I have felt like she didn’t like me. The choir is very biased and judgmental. So I always kept my struggles quiet. I didn’t want people in my business (there are some overly annoying, like to know your life story LDS people in it, not all but some) but over time the chaperones became brown nosing gossiping women (and my father but he didn’t brown nose or gossip) well this week has been stressful, the choir is in a opera (Hansel & Gretel) my friend is in high school (senior year!) and she has a lot on her plate right now. She had a concert And she told the directer of the choir, and the stage manager head she was going to run late two of the days because of choir/orchestra performances. Anywho everyone forgot (people hate her in the choir and I don’t know why she hasn’t done anything wrong) everyone freaked out on me and my dad for her not telling anymore she was going to be late and we stood up for her while everyone else (students and chaperones and even the directer) threw her under the bus. She was so happy that me and my dad did this that we started talking and it all kinda just spilled out, the depression, anxiety, the bullying, me wanting to leave the church, and much more and it shocked her but surprisingly she didn’t judge me like i thought she would. She said I was a strong person for making choices differently so that I could be happy. She said that me leaving the church isn’t going to sway her opinion on how she sees me. She still thinks I am a good person. And I really needed that because lately I have been angry because every time I open up to someone about my choice to leave the church they don’t want anything to do with me or they ignore everything I say. Things may change but I really hope that she really meant that because it means a lot, because I don’t hear it often.