|andrew joseph kimberley o'donnell|
A Life In Transitions: I Had To Lose Myself To Find Myself.
I found an article written by a.j.k. o’donnell at Huffpost. Kimberly appears to be somewhat of a writing prodigy. At her current 20 years old, she is already an acclaimed American author, poet, and award-winning activist. She began her writing career when she was eight.
She documents in this very well thought out article, how she overcome self-doubt that left her without a strong sense of authentic self. This is from the article:
In this life, I desire nothing more than to be authentic. The road to authentic being is a difficult one. There are moments when the conviction is empowering, it is unbreakable, and it hinges on nothing but introspective resolution. For every moment of this, it seems there are outweighing times when the conviction is tested. In those periods, it is ok to lose yourself, in an effort to fully find the authenticity you fervently seek. I know it has shown me, though painful to experience, that losing my authentic being for the ‘acceptance’ or ‘comfort’ of others, did nothing but place anguish on my soul. I have no desire to ever return to that desolation. I leave this void of person hood with a mighty conviction, rejuvenated self-awareness, and powerful sense of purpose.
My name is a.j.k. o’donnell. I am transgender. I transcend gender. I bend it. I break it. I create it. I command it.
If you wan to know more about this super interesting member of our community read "More Than a 'Boy Who Paints His Nails'"