The Gay Gap Year

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I’m smack bang in the middle of my 30s. Things are going great work-wise, love-wise and generally life-wise. So why do I feel the need to do something more?

A gap year is usually taken at the end of high school. Young people take a year off – the gap year – to pursue something non-education related. It’s usually travel. And it’s usually a means to buy some time, before having to make the next major life decision – study or work.

Gay men, for a number of reasons, face a similar situation at some point in their lives. It might not be post-high school necessarily. In fact, it usually comes a bit later. Typically, you settle into a career. Find a guy and settle down. Then you make the biggest financial purchase of your life – your home.  And then what?…

That’s when the gay gap year comes in.

I’ve arrived at exactly this point in my life in my mid-30s. I’m happily in love. Satisfied and successful in my chosen career. And settled in the home my partner and I share. All of these things are great. I’m genuinely feeling happy and fulfilled. But lately, I’ve also started to feel something else. It can perhaps be best described as a tinkering for something more.

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