We are amazing and beautiful people. We have something unique about us, something we likely hide from the rest of the world. We keep this side of us from almost everyone we know because, well, let’s face it, they probably wouldn’t understand.
Explaining to someone else why we wear what we wear isn’t easy. Why do we wear panties? Why does putting on a corset, a push-up bra, towering stilettos and stockings relax us? Why is shaving our legs the perfect way to end a long day? Why are we jealous of the girls in our office who wear beautiful skirts to work?
If I have to explain it to you, you wouldn’t understand it.
We have lived with this side of us for as long as we can remember. We may have suppressed it, we may have denied it, we may have hoped and prayed it would go away. But this is who we are. We cannot ignore that this is a part of us.
We may call ourselves crossdressers, t-girls, gender fluid, non-binary. We know who we are, we know what we love. But sharing this side of us is not easy. We tell ourselves to keep this a secret, we tell ourselves that they wouldn’t understand. And we’re right. They won’t.
But I have been who I am for a very long time. My earliest memories involve wanting to wear lipstick and trying on my mom’s high heels. Four days ago I strutted (believe me, I absolutely strutted) down the streets of the city in a beautiful black dress after a makeover. I don’t know why this is who I am. I don’t understand why this is a part of me.
I have realized that understanding why I am the way I am is a puzzle without a solution. I can’t answer this no more than I can explain why I prefer coffee over tea. I just like what I like. I am who I am.
Understanding why we are who we are is overrated, anyway. We spend so much time trying to comprehend why this is a part of us when it’s not something that needs to be understood. Rather, it is more vital to accept, and then embrace this side of us. Who we are is beautiful and we should acknowledge and celebrate every single side of us.
Once we have accepted that this is who we are, then we will finally be at peace with knowing that we will never change. This is not a phase, this is not something we can or will ever outgrow or move on from. And God knows we all have tried. The seemingly endless cycle of purging and then shopping again haunts me when I think of how many fabulous pairs of high heels and how much beautiful lingerie I have lost over the years.
Time doesn’t change who we are.
And neither will love.
So many of us fall in love and then resolve to never dress up ever again. We throw away our bras and panties, we toss out our makeup, and we say goodbye to those cute size 13 red patent high heels. We are in a serious relationship now, thank you very much, we no longer need to feel beautiful.
Besides, they wouldn’t understand. Best to keep this side of us to ourselves. We don’t do that anymore anyway, so there’s nothing to tell.
And it’s true, they won’t understand. I came out to my wife thirteen years ago and she has guided me through selecting out wigs to teaching me how to apply makeup and reminding me to drop my hips when I walk in heels. Despite her witnessing my evolution and all those years of mentoring me, she is no closer to understanding this side of me than she is to setting her foot on the moon.
What she has done is accept this side of me. She knows this is who I am and that I have been me for as long as I could walk. I can’t change. I told her the truth about me two years before I proposed. She needed to know who I was. I had long accepted this side of me and she deserved to know everything about me. She needed to know I couldn’t change or deny this part of myself.
So, how does one come to terms with this side of them and have a happy, stable, and successful relationship? It starts with the truth. The truth about who you are. This begins with you accepting that this isn’t going away. I understand why we keep this side of us a secret from the world and why we think we should keep it from our partners. However our partners deserve to know the truth and you deserve to love yourself. Living your life in constant denial about who we are is horrible.
The point of all of this is that this is who you are, too. You cannot deny this part of you. It won’t go away. The desire to wear what we want to wear will not fade over time. This is who you are and it cannot be changed. And why would you want to change this? It doesn’t need to go away. There is nothing wrong with wanting to feel or look beautiful. Wear what you want to wear. The world may not understand, but they don’t need to. You don’t need to understand it, either.
Just Accept it. Embrace it. Own it.