I wrote before that I'm now home schooled, and I'm now going to write about the realities of it, both good and bad.
I'm enrolled as a student at my hometown middle school and I take the same classes as my friends, using the same books. The biggest difference is the amount of time I spend, which is around 4-5 hours a day. I also have the option of moving at a faster or slower pace, but I'm actually ahead of my peers now and school just started for them. There's a minimum number of days I have to be in school (180) but I go beyond that.
The biggest advantage I have is not dealing with all the stupid things that go on in school: Peer pressure, drama, and boredom. I also don't worry about I'm going to wear, or how I look, or if anyone's going to notice that monster zit on my nose?
I start my day at 7:00 A.M., begin my classes at 8:00 and then am done by 1:00-2:00, with just bathroom breaks. Then the rest of the day is mine, but sometimes I'll go to a museum or do research at the local library. Unlike my friends I do my homework early in the day when possible.
One disadvantage is I can't get instant feedback from a teacher if I have questions about the assignments, but I can always e-mail the teacher or text my friends at home if I need to. Usually I figure things out on my own.
One frustration I deal with is being restless, and I work out every day and am very physical when I'm not doing schoolwork. I do workouts similar to what Lanky Spider does in his YouTube videos, if any of you are familiar with him? You can do quite a bit with one of those over the door pull of things and push up handles! I'm real skinny, about 110 pounds but cut and real strong too. There's usually a batting cage place in each town where we live so I can keep up and improve my baseball skills, which really is a huge part of my life. If we live in a city with a major or minor league baseball team I go to as many games as I can. That has also led to hookups.
I try to run a few miles each day, either outside or on a treadmill, and every apartment complex and Holiday Inn Express has a fitness center, and I like to swim. I've met a few of the boys (and girls too) that I've hooked up with at the pool.
Depending on where I live, once the school work's done for the day I sometimes go to the mall or explore the local area. I carry a note signed by my Mom saying that I'm a home schooled student, and I've had to pull it out a few times. Mall security has given me a hard time, but I guess they're doing their job?
I've been playing guitar for a few years and that also gives me something go focus on and takes away from some of the boredom I deal with. It's also a good way to make friends, and several times has led to a hookup or even a longer relationship.
Because I usually don't have homework I can go and try to have a social life, and I go to a local school for a least a few days to try and make friends, even if I know I'm going to home school. Having friends my age, even if they're just for a few months, makes this lifestyle so much more bearable.
Is home schooling for everyone? No, but if you make the most of it I think you'll be better off than your friends and peers at a traditional school.
I haven't written much about being gay yet and in my next journal I want to go into that, and also some of my experiences. Traveling so much has made me creative in how I deal with relationship, especially gay ones.