Episode 14: Ryan & Bejal / by Ambivalently Yours

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*Content Warning: this episode is about growing up. We touch on some of the heartaches and struggles that go along with growing up in a society that sees you as other. The discussion contains some harsh language.

Here’s the question that inspired this week’s episode (the message has been slightly altered to preserve anonymity): Do you ever get into one of those moods where you feel like changing everything about yourself? Style, personality, everything. I guess I just feel like I've outgrown it all and it isn't who I am anymore. The problem is, I'm worried about how people will react if I change too much, and I'm not sure I know how to change.

How do we change? When do we change? Does it happen quickly or does it take forever? How much of how we look on the outside is reflective of how we feel on the inside? This episode is all about change, so we decided to make a change of our own and put co-producer Hannah in the driver’s seat. To answer our question we talk to Ryan and Bejal, two of Hannah’s dear friends, about what it means to change. Both of our guests share their stories and discuss the distinctions and similarities of their experiences with queerness and identity. We discuss the uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing paths to becoming the most honest versions of who we are, and we talk about the struggle of being different in a world that craves sameness.

A podcast by Ambivalently Yours
Co-produced, edited and narrated by 
Hannah McCasland
Recorded at Oboro Artist-Run Center in Montreal
Technical support: 
Stéphane Claude
Music: 
Greg Barkley