JUST A HAPPY HEALTHY BEAUTIFUL FAMILY
I THOUGHT I WAS BROKEN
As a kid I knew I was different. I knew I didn’t fit right, I didn’t fit into the world everyone wanted me to fit into.
I spent most of my childhood wondering what was so wrong with me.
Why was I like this? Why did I feel so different, so alone, so broken.
I didn’t know the word Transgender.
I didn't know that there were people like me.
I didn’t know that I wasn’t broken.
I didn’t know that there was a future for me where I could be myself.
I didn’t know there was a future where I would be loved.
And then I did.
And my whole world changed.
Here I am. I am loved. I am celebrated. I am full of both joy for who I am and sadness for the parts I wish I could still have or change. The surprising part is that I am now big and whole enough to hold both of those opposing feelings at the same time. Life is funny like that isn’t it?
And so now I’m making sure I’m out there telling anyone who will listen that YOU ARE NOT BROKEN!
You just need a little help and some love, and someone to tell you you aren’t along and you can and will thrive.
I could have never imagined this life 30, 20, or even 5 years ago but even with all the hard parts, the bathroom bill debates, and human rights issues and hate and fear mongering, there is love, and joy and pleasure and hope and hilarity and friendship in all of it.
I didn’t know I could have all of those beautiful things, I thought I could only have the hard ones.
That’s why I tell my story. So some kid, or their Dad, or their brother or their friend or whoever will know that you are not broken.
You can get past the hard part.
You can have a beautiful life and be just another beautiful family.