Day 7: Stories

#30DaysOfSelfCare

Today marks a week since I started this series. So much has happened and there are a couple of things I need to talk about.

Firstly, the response so far has been a overwhelming! I received so many messages of encouragement and support for these posts, so I feel I do need to take this opportunity to say “Thank you”. It’s sometimes difficult for me to pen my thoughts and emotions (I do better at speaking) but I want you to know that those messages mean so much to me. I was so scared when I posted that first piece but you’ve given me so much confidence and encouragement. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Secondly, (and I don’t know how to raise this without reading as arrogant or boastful, but I’ll try)…

I partly started this series as a way to make experiences like mine accessible to people, to broaden the narrative of transgender stories. Because when I was thinking about transitioning, I did my googles but still struggled to find South African transgender stories told by South African transgender people. Not that there weren’t any stories, but they were extremely difficult to access. And that was isolating. There were so many stories from the US and the UK, and while those are helpful, to a degree, it would have eased my anxiety (even if just a little) to know that there were other people in my country or city who were going through something similar.

Many of you have said that these post are inspiring you to courage, to be honest and true to who you are. And this extends beyond the immediacy of the transgender context: to personal relationships, social and peer pressures, self-acceptance. This is incredible! And I’m inspired to continue writing.

Third. Someone suggested to me that I turn these posts into a book. The idea with #30DaysOfSelfCare was to make these stories and experiences accessible to as many people as possible and I think social media is the best vehicle for that. But I do think there is value in curating these posts. So… I thought about it for a while and I’ve decided to turn this into a proper blog!

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be posting article links to my site (as opposed to writing directly on this platform). I’ll be able to do a lot more with the content like link other articles and related content to the post, which should provide a more immersive reading experience. And it looks prettier. Plus, I get to put “Blogger” on my CV.

And finally…. Thank you all again so so much for your messages of love, support and acceptance. You are amazing!

Zoey

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