Friday, July 21, 2017

The Threads of Our Life

Colorful Fabric
Being transgender is not within it self, an unusual lifestyle. 

Transgender people are people whose gender identity is different from the gender they were thought to be at birth. Source: National Center for Transgender Equity. 

Lifestyle is defined as the “way in which a person or group lives”. Lifestyle is expressed in both work and leisure behavior patterns. Lifestyle is a composite of motivations, needs, and wants and is influenced by factors such as culture, family, reference groups, and social class. Source: Business Dictionary

So let's ask the question, what differentiates a transgender person from others?

Let break down the lifestyle definition and I will make it personal. I do work at a meaningful profession, have employed others, made products, paid taxes and contributed to a better situation for myself, my employees, my family and my community. 

My behavior patterns have always been legal and moral. I have raised children that I am very proud. They are self-sufficient and contribute to society in meaningful ways. My motivation in doing these things has been to have others see me a giver and not a taker. I believe that I am psychologically stable, not physically impaired and socially adaptable.   

So in what degree am I unusual?  Oh, sorry I failed to mention several other activities. I love to shop and at times have been to known to wear the items I purchase in a fashionable manner. Being a social person, I love, to dress nicely, in the clothing of my choice, have lunches/dinners and be entertained by movies, theater, concerts and friends. 

I do not think we have found anything unusual yet.  
In fact, I have always considered myself to be rather ordinary or usual. To compensate, I am outgoing; socially extroverted. This is something I take an effort in being. I admired this in my mother and saw it as a quality that both made friends and deepened bonds with existing friends.  

So never consider your being transgender anything other than something that adds to the fabric of your life. Any beautiful piece of fabric has many threads interlaced to create a pattern and add strength. Being transgender is not a flaw or anything unusual; It is a thread in our life’s pattern.

Escape negativity - Enjoy life!