I stopped talking to my parents when I came out, because I knew the alternative was a life of hiding like that, and honestly it's refreshing to see other people who have had similar experiences. People who don't get it can be utterly uncomprehending of how someone can choose to cut themselves off from their birth family, but you're right that life not dictated by other people's expectations is so much more freeing. I'm glad you're getting to experience all of that now.