By now, I’m sure you’ve heard the new that Bruce Jenner has officially announced a name change… and unveiled a new identity.
Hello Caitlyn Jenner!
Caitlyn with a C by the way. Just had to point that out. #boom
The world has been following her path to self discovery. Caitlyn’s battle has been slow and her struggle has been real. But after years of denial and internal strife, she finally came to a point of admittance and acceptance.
Have you see this Vanity Fair cover??? (click to see – I don’t have the rights to share)
Of course the images are breathtaking. She is quite stunning. But it’s the quotes from the interview that really bring a tear to my eye.
I’m just going to go live life, I’m going to go enjoy life. I have nothing left to hide. I am kind of a free person, a free soul.
To be able to wake up in the morning, be yourself, get dressed, get ready to go out, and just be a normal person. That’s a wonderful feeling to go through life.
Wow. What freedom.
There’s a lesson in this folks. And no, it doesn’t have anything to do with being transgendered. It doesn’t even have to do with the Kardashians (thank goodness!). It has to do with you and with me.
If there is something in your life that you want to change, then change it.
If there is something in your life that you want to fix, then fix it.
If there is something you want to learn, then learn it.
If there is a goal you want to accomplish, then accomplish it.
If there is something you want to let go of, then let go of it.
If Caitlyn – as famous as she was, as old as she was, as present in the media as she was – can come out as a woman and start life over in a completely new light KNOWING that she will have nay sayers hounding her every step of the way…. you can get that new job, or move to a new town or… INSERT YOUR ISSUE HERE.
This story was so powerful for me. I mean, this is the ultimate change. The VAST MAJORITY of society will not be able to handle this. I am so blessed to have been born and raised in NYC. I have always been surrounded by very open-minded people. But this does not represent the rest of the world… and Caitlyn knows this. That’s why it took her so long to make this shift. That’s why so many transgendered individuals suffer from depression and keep their secrets hidden.
Perhaps this story will make a difference. Perhaps the amount of light that is flashing on this journey will change things for generations to come. Either way, it should serve as a great reminder to YOU to stand up and move if you don’t want to sit where you are sitting anymore.
Get off your path and make a new one if you don’t like your scenery. Be brave and don’t look back.
And this doesn’t have anything to do with what I am trying to say on this post, but I still want you to read this quote because I was hysterically crying for former Bruce. I was thinking of Caitlyn as a young child really trying to prove something or trying to fix something that didn’t need fixing. I really, really understood what he meant when he said he put his all in his sports —
How he hopes older generations will react to the piece.
Jenner: I hope they’re happy for me, O.K.? I hope that they all understand that life is very complicated. That [the gold medalist they remember] was me in 1976, I did that and I am extraordinarily proud of what I was able to accomplish. I make no excuses for it, but that was all of me that did that, it wasn’t just Bruce, it was all the things that—I was a dyslexic kid, I was suffering from gender dysphoria, I had all these other issues in life, but when I latched onto this thing called sports, I probably latched onto it harder than most kids did. Why? Because I needed that. Never knowing where I was going, but after years and years of playing the game and trying to prove my manhood, you know, next thing I knew I wasn’t trying to make my high-school team anymore, I was trying to be the best in the world at something. And this was my chance to go out there to the world and do something significant. And it became real important to me, and I put so much time and energy and work into this thing, and it was part of me. But it was all part of me: it was the dyslexic kid out there, it was the transgendered kid out there, it was Bruce out there, all these things, all the emotions were all—that’s what made me work so hard, that’s why I was more determined than anybody else. I went out there and did it. And I am extraordinarily proud of that. It wasn’t all of me, but for that moment, I can say I was the best in the world at that.
Nice to meet you Caitlyn.