I don’t understand why sex is more shocking than violence.
Did you ever say yes to a pleasure? Oh my friends, then you also said yes to all pain. All things are linked, entwined, in love with one another.
Five minutes are enough to dream a whole life, that is how relative time is.
The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but thoughts about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking.
Risk embracing your authentic self around them, and gauge how they react. Explain yourself in response to their confusion. If they attempt to undermine your initiative, reveal this to them, and if they continue to refuse to accept you, then you have to move on.
We progress as individuals, not as a collective, hence the schism we will often find ourselves in regarding maintaining long-term relationships with others. For those beside us either unwilling or unable to grow, we must decide between consenting certain aspects of our time to a stagnant (even possibly self destructive) dynamic based purely on sentiments, or the uncomfortable but often necessary transition into temporary separation from certain others.