Don't believe in life imitating art? A recent essay from Orange Is the New Black writer Lauren Morelli will change your mind.
Lauren recently published an article on PolicyMic describing how her experiences working on Orange Is the New Black, and particularly writing for Piper Chapman's complex romance with Alex Vause, forced her to take a long hard look at her own sexuality and discover a truth she'd been unable to admit to herself until the age of 31 — just months after marrying a man.
"The thing is, even when you find yourself in a minority, there's always a majority," Lauren writes of her struggle to come to terms with the realization that she's gay. "If I was really gay, I would have known when I was younger. There was a prescribed narrative, and everything about my own story challenged the accepted one."
She goes on to describe how just months after her wedding she started her job on Orange Is the New Black, only to discover that "from that moment on my life fell into a parallel rhythm with Piper's story in a way that went from interesting to terrifying in a matter of months." She adds that eventually, "In Piper and Alex, I'd found a mouthpiece for my own desires and a glimmer of what my future could look like."
Hey, the road to self discovery works in mysterious ways...
We highly suggest you check out Lauren's entire article at PolicyMic. It's a refreshingly raw and honest portrayal of a difficult time in a person's life, and we applaud her for sharing her story.