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This is so true. Who I am at my core remains the same. But I’m steadily becoming happier as my outsides are beginning to align with how I feel inside.
This is something that I’ve been internalizing a lot lately. When others say something like “you’re becoming a woman”, I respond (sometimes just in my head) “well really, I’ve always been a woman, I’m just finally getting my body more in line with who I am.”
Transition is a complex topic, but at it’s root, it simply means that a person is working to become more of the person they truly feel themselves to be. It sometimes (but not always) includes changes in appearance, name, pronouns, and how one wishes to be perceived in the world. Some people interpret that as a rejection of the person someone was before they transitioned – a metaphorical “killing” of the old person. But that’s not true. In my case, I’m not trying to get rid of the person I was, but I’m trying to allow more of the person I’ve always been to be expressed. I don’t hate the qualities associated with my assigned gender and I’m not trying to eradicate them; I just want the freedom and ability to express qualities of my actual gender (and to be accepted and affirmed as that gender).
See my comments on Transquote #361.
This. So much this.
See why I like these? Please accept me as I truly am. I have always had a protective shield around me – it was my performance of the gender I was assigned at birth. I’m dropping my shield and allowing you to see me for who I really am. That makes me vulnerable and very sensitive. I crave your acceptance and affirmation of me as I truly am. That is the biggest gift you could possibly give me.