Mourning for yourself

The title may appear to make no sense at all when you first read it, but let me explain how we can find ourselves doing exactly just that in our present life

Describing going through transition as emotional and traumatic, could sound a little like an understatement to many entering into this stage of their life or those at the journey’s end. By the time we have realised that we need to be our true self and begin to transition, be that in part or full, we have already invested heavily into the life we have been living up until that point.

Our lives are constantly changing and affected by what happens to everything and everyone around us. We become involved with others through marriage, loving relationships and perhaps becoming a parent with children. We entangle ourselves with others in physical, emotional and psychological ways all through life. That is what we do in creating our own lives, through our emotions, actions and repetition in the way we choose to live.

That day when it all changes

So, when that days arrives when you can no longer bear to continue with that same old life and need to embrace your true self in it’s fulless, is when things begin to change in many ways and on every level of your daily life.

I went through this process myself around four years ago after realising that I had lived my life in a habitual and repetitive manner, ignoring my deep rooted desire to be someone else, which had been suppressed for what felt like an eternity by then. To look back on that time now, I still feel the emotional tidal wave that hit me at that moment, induced by starting to take estrogen capsules and shifting my life to a more public and feminine presentation of myself.

The thought of breaking the news of my decision to members of my family and especially my daughter, with whom I had a close relationship, made me shudder at the thought and of the potential consequences. I began to create an image in my mind that wasn’t real, but of my own making of how things could play out.

Comprehending the impact

I had started to feel not only emotional more frequently on a new level, but unsettled without understanding why, with moments of deep sadness when I thought about how certain parts or my life would never be the same again. The possible loss of friends and family who in the worst case scenario would not accept me or make fun of my choice to live as a woman.

I visited a female friend who had I had know for a few years and before I changed my life path and was the first person to know about my decision. We sat in her beautifully managed garden in the shade of a tree on a sunny afternoon, sipping glasses of rosé wine and chatting, as we had always done so freely. She became an even better friend and support in my life at a time when I so much needed that. During our conversation, I had mentioned how I had been feeling and the bouts of sadness that were quite overwhelming sometimes. It concerned me why I couldn’t see what was making me feel so sad; I was too close to the situation to be able to observe myself.

Her remark hit me like a church bell had suddenly chimed, the sound waves colliding with my head and resonating for a brief moment. What she suggested was quite powerful and had quite an impact: –

that I had been mourning for my old self. I had already broken certain ties with people and made changes in my life that was a letting go of my old self. As if I were waving off an old and dear friend while standing on the quayside as a liner begins to drift out to the open sea, to another continent and far off land.

Breaking links with your past

In that moment, I suddenly saw that I had been ‘mourning’ for my old self, acknowledging the ties I had severed on multiple levels from my old habitual pattern of life. It was allowing me to be free from many things and I was waving goodbye forever to all of them as I sailed away into a new existence and new and happier life.

I had forgotten all about this moment until I heard something recently that instantly took me back to that day. I also began to be aware that there were other moments in that early stage of my transition of equal importance. As I recall them I will try to incorporate them in articles from time to time.

Should any of you reading this article have felt similar at some point in your transition I would love to hear from you in a comment or via a message on the site. I hope that this may provide some insight into a difficult period during transition that may not be so clear or as obvious for you, as it also eluded me some while ago.

Love and hugs
Sophie

NB: I was born in London, England and as such speak and write in English, certain spellings differ from the American version of my cultural and birth language and hope you can understand my text knowing this, that some words are not misspelt but the English version of English language.

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Born in London, England and a life long journey incorporating two marriages and a long relationship that eventually brought me to France. My two children and all of my family are fine with my choice to finally be the person I have always been. I am a creative, artistic soul who loves good food,cooking and real friends. Will I ever fall in love, will someone fall in love with me and does it matter? I have the love of my family and some very good friends in my life

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JaiymeLynne Rogers
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JaiymeLynne Rogers (@jaiymelynne)
17 days ago

Sophie, Once again a topic lots of us can relate too. I do mourn for myself, as I take this journey of true self discovery. As an older girl (64 in April), I’ve made many close friends over my years, many acquaintances and of course family that I loathe to lose. And things in the future that my previous life was journeying towards. Maybe that can still be. But yes, the possible loss of my previous self/life/friends is troubling. There would be a grieving process. “So, when that days arrives when you can no longer bear to continue with that… Read more »

JaiymeLynne Rogers
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JaiymeLynne Rogers (@jaiymelynne)
12 days ago
Reply to  SophieFR

Thanks for your reply Sophie. And like in nature, our flowering should be natural, not forced and reveal the beauty of our soul. For the betterment of ourselves and those close to us. Cause should we not be fulfilling our highest best purpose by becoming who our spirit guides us to be?
Peace and love,
JaiymeLynne

Charee
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Charee (@charee)
22 days ago

I love the verse;

Yesterday is history
Tomorrow is a mystery
but today, is a gift
that is why it is called
The Present…

In this Present, I allow the character Charee to move to the front of the stage to enjoy her moment being seen, and she is absolutely loving it!

Namaste’
Princess of France 😉
n huggles dear
Char

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Charee (@charee)
7 days ago
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hehehehe why thaank you beautiful soul 🙂

JaiymeLynne Rogers
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JaiymeLynne Rogers (@jaiymelynne)
10 days ago
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Char,
Tru Dat…in the vernacular of my favorite city, New Orleans.
NOW is all we have. and NOW I vow to live IN the Present precisely because it is a gift, and it is the only time in which we truly live.
Peace and Love,
JaiymeLynne

Charee
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Charee (@charee)
7 days ago

I agree JaiymeLynn, don’t force, but rather the “natural” unfolding of our flower, we kill butterflies dragging them from their cocoon; nature knows, we just have to listen, allow and support moment to moment hehe or I’ve heard his: we can drive across the whole country in complete and total darkness, by only seeing a few feet ahead of us in every moment. cool one hey?

Namaste’ beautiful souls
This is such an amazing ride
huggles
Char

Boyce Coe
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Boyce Coe (@boyce78)
23 days ago

I can definitely identify with your well articulated experience. Thank you for sharing.
Boyce

Stacia Ranville
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Stacia Ranville (@anastasia)
24 days ago

The realization that I am at that point hit me recently. I only fully didn’t understand my “problem” until about a year ago and recently found “myself sliding down the rabbit hole”, in a friend’s expression, buying clothes, wigs, makeup,etc. I am a late in life (73) “case” and have a complex and mostly happy life to overturn to pursue becoming the inner person I have come to recognize. Some days I feel like the guy in A Beautiful Mind, going about the world with my alter ego standing quietly beside me, unseen by anyone else. (No, psychologists, I don’t… Read more »

Stacia Ranville
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Stacia Ranville (@anastasia)
24 days ago

“I didn’t fully understand until about a year ago…”

Samantha Moore
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Samantha Moore (@tallsam)
24 days ago

Thank you Sophie……your story is timely since I’ve made that first step and in a few months will be making the first medically induced step with hormones…..the dread, panic, and exhilaration is tempered with the knowledge that certain parts of my life will end and I have to remind myself those parts never satisfied me nor were they in my best interest. Learning how to live my life will have far-reaching consequences on many levels. Like you, a female friend helped me see the forest for the trees and with that it was clear (as she put it) “…you are… Read more »

Tonya G
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Tonya G (@happytobe1)
24 days ago

You have managed to put into words exactly what I’m going through. It’s comforting to know that I’m not alone. So looking forward to to living as my true self. You are an inspiration.
Thanks for helping me sort it out.
Tonya

Arthur Martin
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Arthur Martin (@aj102480)
25 days ago

Im feeling the same way but i also feel also renewed yeah i cried but i also look back and i was never really me until now i always lied to my self. Trying to be someone im not yes i say it i am ftm but i tried so hard to be a girl and it was just not me who i am inside i was crying screaming bothered me i could not be me so yeah will i morn her yes she was my comfort but now im happy im finally me who i was meant to be… Read more »

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