I never pictured myself actually coming out and transitioning, until the day I could see no other option.
I always knew that something wasn’t right, that some part of my inside didn’t match my outside. What I didn’t know then is that I’m transgender, a realization that took a lifetime to fully unpack and understand.
And to embrace.
Growing up in Michigan I started off sheltered with no idea of what lay over the horizon, but serving in the navy opened my eyes to what possibilities might be within my grasp.
I encountered many forks in the road, sometimes I made the right choice, sometimes my decisions were terribly wrong. But in the end, they led me here, to finally embracing who and what I am, and discovering the joy that can only come from living as your authentic self.