Perhaps, the word to describe me would be a collage. Why a collage? A collage is made up of many pieces that make a whole. There are various themes that I draw upon.
A) I grew up in a Pentecostal Christian Background. I am a minister’s son. While I cannot agree with the framework and beliefs, church did make up a big part of my life growing up. Added to it, I went to a Christian High School. It’s safe to say that my parents’ intentions were for me to believe what they believed. I do not. At an early age, I while still holding to their beliefs I questioned them. There were things that I experienced that they could not provide answers to. As my life progressed, I became to see life as more of a mosaic of truths rather than one Truth.
B) I am a gay man. I don’t desire this to be the only thing that describes me. There’s much more. However, it is important because the one major thing that led me to question Pentecostalism was that there was one characteristic I had that they believed was a sin. After being depressed, and having a couple experiences that could be described as both adventures and misadventures, I started a religious explorations that led me to first to explore Liberal or Progressive Christian Churches, then eventually has led me to explore the Quakers and Unitarians, Buddhists and Hindus and even Paganism.
C) I am creative. Both through writing, painting and drawing, it is important that I express myself. I still don’t have a definite idea where it will lead me, but my hope is that some will be inspired to do greater things themselves.
D) I returned to college later in life. My life was in a state of flux after being in a Bible School. I think part of that is developing a good self-esteem and being independent. At the urging of friends and family members I have decided to explore myself through education. Certainly, I have read many books, but I feel it is now important for me to have that piece of paper that says that Daniel has completed his degree.
E) I am now a married man. I am truly lucky that my husband Kelly Bellimer walked into my life. He has helped to center me and has helped bring me to the place I am now.