I've had a few people compliment me on my transition, calling me "brave", and it got me thinking - Am I actually being brave, doing this?
Well, there were a lot of risks - I could have been unable to find work that was accepting, I could have been cut off by my family, I could have lost access to my daughter, I could have had bad reactions health wise to being on hormones, the list goes on.
But since those things didnt come to pass, and my transition is going pretty smothly, all things considered, so am I brave?
Well, its just my feeling but I think there was a moment of bravery, and that's when I called the rape crisis center for the first time, and booked an appointment.
It took me losing my marriage, my home, and several chances to make a life for myself, but I finally realized I simply couldnt do this without getting some help, and I searched until I found the help I needed, and dedicated myself to being honest with the theripist.
Not blowing my own horn, but that took a little guts, in my opinion.
So if you're reading this, and you are waking up to the realization that you cant do it alone, do something about it.
You'll be glad you did.