What am I?

What am I?

This is the question I’ve asked myself many times over the years.

The easy answer is; I am a NOBODY. Let me explain this answer.

I am not a celebrity nor am I an actor, singer, painter, author, or journalist. I am not a social blogger or vlogger; I am not a prominent volunteer or a politician. It’s not likely that I’ll paint a picture that people line up to see, or write or perform a song that people will rush out to buy. I will never invent an item or discover a cure that will change the world. I am not a parent, nor am I someone that family comes to for support or advice.

I have never done anything those around me will remember after I am deceased. I blend into the shadows and stay out of the public eye; I am the person you walk by without notice in the crowd. Some say that I am a natural leader, but it is never by choice, it is always circumstance that thrusts me into the role. I am more comfortable with my pets then I am with most people, and I am content with that.

Truth be told, I am a liar, deceiver, and most certainly a coward.

I’ve spent my time telling myself and the world around me that I am something I’m not and never was. I portrayed what those around me, my family, and society expected me to be and not what I felt inside. I knew I was different but never let the truth be known. I never had the courage to let those I care about know the real me. I let the world see the person they perceived acceptable, doing the jobs and playing the societal role expected of my status and gender. I lived a lie for all those years without taking the opportunity to let my true feelings be known or to live the life I felt that I should have. While never initiating it, I was that guy who would join in the joking sessions at others expense, harassing them for their clothing or other personal choices.

I was blessed to find someone who accepted me for who I was and also accepted all my little quirks and odd traits. My current wife was open when I told her of Winter; the other self I’d hidden from the world up to that point. With the help of my one and only love, I slowly came to accept my two selves and become more comfortable with who I truly was inside. With my spouses support, I further explored my desires and needs, and was better able to grow and develop Winter into the person I envisioned her to be.

For many years, despite the love and support I got from my wife, I was still afraid, still a coward who feared developing my femme persona in case it cost me my relationship. Despite the support, despite her willingness to buy me clothing, cosmetics and other feminine trappings, I still held on to a deep fear of rejection and ridicule from the only person I truly cared about and also from others I cared little about.

Due to unfortunate circumstances beyond our control, my wife and I moved back into my parents’ home to help support them as best we could. This living situation curtailed me from being able to embody Winter, and my stress levels climbed. Combined with my employer folding their local office, it increased my personal stress and increased tension within our household. I sought the assistance of a therapist, who helped me to understand that the stress was of my own doing and was greatly increased by my denial of the steps I needed to take to be whole.

My father passed and my wife and I decided to stay with my mother to help her financially and emotionally. I have finally told my mother about my dressing, not going into detail, but letting her know I did “crossdress.”She was surprisingly ok with it as long as I did not “freak her out.” In other words out of sight out of mind. One day, I will develop the courage to tell her the full truth about her son.

Through all this, I’ve finally begun to accept my alter ego/other persona. I’m still afraid to take the next step required to live the life I would choose for myself. So, I guess for now, I will continue to lie to myself and the world; I will carry on deceiving those around me as to my true self, and I will continue to be the coward who fears the opinions and reactions of others in this life.

I am sure that many, if not all of these comments are familiar to those who take the time to browse this. This struggle with dual identities/personas is common amongst our small, but growing community. Many of us fight this struggle daily. Be strong and seize the opportunities that present themselves to further your goal to be the person you wish to be. If you are lucky like me and find a partner who accepts you for who you are, treasure and love that person and accept their support.

I cannot speak for others, but I can make the following statement with a loud voice, if only to myself right now.

I am and will always be Winter, a woman, and one day before long, I will let the world know just who I truly am.

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I am a MtF Transgender who looks to learn from others and share my bits of wisdom.

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Cynthia S
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Well said Winter! I too moved back to Mom’s house after a divorce (for financial reasons and because she was older and living alone). When I told her about Cyn, she was the same as your mom-fine with me doing what made me happy but didn’t want to SEE it at all. Years later(after she passed) I began exploring more of who I am and where my path will lead. Still on that journey of discovery but wherever it leads Cyn will be a part of it. I’ve told my sister about me-and she borrows my clothes. I’ve told a… Read more »

Gerri Aka Niall
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Hiya Winter,

Fantastic article and really touched my heart.
I can understand many of the things you wrote about, and hope that one day ( sooner rather than later ) you can truly be yourself.

Best Wishes,
Gerri, xxx

Maxine Lee
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Very powerful story. I hope you find the courage to be true to yourself one day and embrace who you are. You are certainly not a nobody, you are a somebody. You are a somebody to those who love you. Never call yourself a nobody! My partner is transgender and I love him dearly. I have hopefully helped him along the way to the point now where he is accepting himself and doesn’t hate himself quite so much as he did when I first met him almost 4 years ago. We are getting there! Find it in you to say… Read more »

Tia
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Wow … I mean WOW .. Are you sure your you and not me. The person you described with the exception of your wife and family is something I jotted down 2 years ago and gave it to one of my closest C.I.S. girlfriends. She cried and told me she now had a true definition of friend. I mean it is almost word for word and how I lived my life before I came out of my shell, raising hell. which leads me to my next confession. She is the one who taught me moxy as well as the whens… Read more »

Maxine Lee
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I’ve read your story and I think you’re amazing Tracee! X

Davida Mae
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Relatable on a stark and brutal level. I have only entertained this alter ego for about 8 months. I absolutely have no answer to why the Femme Bug bit me especially so late in life at 59. Neither am I able to explain why or how it has escalated so far and so fast. I cannot even explain to myself why I would risk so much to harbor myself as a MTF Crossdressing Closet Girl. Thank You for your Article. It’s good for me to keep the brutal facts that my being outed would hurt so many others. As I… Read more »

Maxine Lee
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Hi Davida You need to stop worrying about hurting others. If they really truly love and care for you, they will accept you. And those that don’t were not true to you in the beginning. The hurt they feel is their own emotion. They can live feeling hurt or choose to embrace and support you. You are not hurting them, they will hurt themselves if they choose not to accept you for who you are. Why should you suffer for the rest of your life or hide behind a closed door being scared of yourself? I hope that you eventually… Read more »

Davida Mae
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Thanks Doll 💋 To tell you the truth This is all so new and surprising to me that I’m not sure just how involved I want to be in regards “here I am love me or leave me” I can’t explain how or why I came to trying on that first pair of Stiletto Ankle Boots. I can tell how they felt but I can’t explain why or how I’ve become a Crossdressing Closet Girl to this extreme, to come so far, this fast…. and why not when I was younger why now at 59…. I don’t see me making… Read more »

Davida Mae
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Sorry I just realized I basically just repeated myself 🍒

Amelia
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Where’s the rest of the article? 🤨

Maxine Lee
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Confused? What do you mean?

Amelia
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The piece at the end ends with “The LGBT community of Wyoming th…” Sokay I found the rest of it. Being confused is my normal state of being.

Amelia
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I know it’s a related article but would still like to read the rest of it.

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