The lies I tell myself

“I’m never going to do it again.” You know the old saying, “If I had a nickel for every time I said that.” I’ve come to a point in my 56th year where I’ve accepted what I’m becoming, and yet…I still have doubts (both ways) and moments where I desperately want to be the false  male imagine of myself that I’ve lived most of my life. The only difference today is when I feel that way  the guilt that follows is for the panic I feel at almost purging everything that makes me, me and not for wanting to be more feminine.

If only I were 12 again with understanding parents and oodles of money, I’d take the hormone blockers and live my life more in tune with how I feel inside—female. But that’s 56 year old me daydreaming of what might have been. My wish today would be to move to a new city, find an employer who wouldn’t mind how I came dressed to work, and live in peace at being me. I can’t, not yet, and maybe never. So now what?

I spend hours researching, dreaming, and shaping this life to be as full as it can. I still sneak around in shadows and fear being caught. Only now, I’m willing to deal with the aftermath, even welcome it should it happen. There are little signs all around me that inquisitive investigators might see and inquire about. I have face cream to use each day after shaving, fruity scented shampoo and body lotion on the shelf, not to mention all the items hidden in my drawers amongst my male clothes and the two large suitcases that should be empty, but are not.

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What stops me is the relationship I have with my children, my parents, and the responsibilities I take seriously in the volunteer work I do. I’m not sure I’m ready to give up one, two, or all of them, even if it means future happiness and new opportunities and friends. Money is an issue too—when isn’t it. Buying items necessary to calm my inner anxieties isn’t cheap, and I have a fixation on wigs and high heels. It’s fair to say that Brina spends all of our money on looking good or at least trying to.

Trying to be all male is never going to happen again. I gave it the old college try, been married and divorced, spent two years giving Brina a shot, purged it all and dove into another relationship, only to become single once more and finally accepting that I’m a mixed bag of ever-changing emotions and trepidations. I think those relationships didn’t work out because of it and because of my lack of personal happiness. If I could meet a woman at a crossdressing convention who found me worthy–that would be sweet. I’m still not sure where I am on the spectrum of sexuality and gender. The biggest obstacle to my psyche was the feeling of not being a good person. The need to hide my heels from my spouse and to wear her clothes caused me to doubt the good I could be. It’s sad, but society still looks at us negatively. Raise your hand and proclaim yourself transgendered and there is slightly more sympathy. I’m stuck in the middle somewhere.

This journey is mine alone. I have to make the decisions that I can live with—or live without. The best I can do is to be me. And that means all of what I am whether dressed in jeans and drinking a beer with the boys at the bowling alley or strutting around home in my 5 inch heels and fully ready for a night on the town as Brina (even though she doesn’t go out she still dresses for the opportunity). Inside, I’m the compilation of each. I don’t separate them the way I used to, which also reflects the little physical changes in my appearance; the neater eyebrows, the way I walk, the mannerisms I display (crossing my legs using my hands more when speaking), the colors and types of clothes I wear, and the conversations I’m willing to engage in. I’ve become less judgmental on myself and especially on others. I still have my bad days, but I’m learning to like me more every day and to worry less about what might happen as I try to move towards what I want to happen.

May your journey bring you peace, may your life be filled with promise, and may your hopes always outweigh your doubts.

Brina

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Sabrina (Brina) MacTavish

Brina is from Iowa, and she is steadily learning how to merge her two halves into one whole. Still closeted after 40 years, she hopes to one-day walk freely and confidently in the open. She spends most of her time working as a self-published novelist under both personas.

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zena simmons

The one I keep saying is that not gonna let no one stop or slow me down however on other hand I’m the one doing it to myself by only dressing up during certain time’s or not letting her ecsape out in public like she should letting male image take over an showing himself to others not letting her show her kindness n caring personality show or prove loving person she is

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Magdalena

My ex GF found my bag of clothes and said she could not wrap her head around it. I tried lying my way through it and eventually fessed up to it and blamed it on my childhood experiences. I now dress at home when I’m alone and endulge my feminine side. It’s easier now to hide my secrets that I’m alone but enjoy being who I am. I really enjoying your story and can relate. I’ve purged too but always come back to what makes me feel good. I question my secrets when out with friends but they don’t need… Read more »

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Jan

I really enjoyed the article. I feel the same way. I do when I can dress up and go out and I feel so good. One day I hope to be able to dress up and go out without the guilt.

Marcia
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Hi Sabrina,

Sometimes I think I’m my own woman, the woman I hope to meet someday.

Kristy
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Kristy

Hi Brina, reading your post above was like reading my very own story yet uncommitted to paper… Seems we are both standing at the same crossroads in many ways in terms of the myriad of deep desires and subsequent struggles that come with them on a daily basis. Absolutely spot on in every aspect… the one and only difference for me being that i have never purged, and don’t think i ever could/would at this point. I have at the very least finally accepted the obvious and inevitable and know i’ve come too far to try and bury it the… Read more »

Kim Paige
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Brina,
Thanks for sharing this. While each of us faces unique challenges and circumstances; the constants are the lies we tell ourselves as we go through this. Knowing we are not alone means so much. Thanks.
Kim

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Sophie Frenchie

Hi Brina, That is a very heart felt piece of writing sweetheart. I can sympathize with you on a number of things that you say. I read an article about loving yourself completely recently. It’s not often I discover something that hits at the heart of what I feel, but this resonated so much more than many thing else I have read. It made me look at how I had been through the best part of my life – 2 marriages and 2 children and a long term relationship. For as long as I can recall I have never loved… Read more »

Lea
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Hi Brina, Your post really hit home for me. I’ve hit a low of lows today. Work is frustrating, my volunteer endeavors are feeling unrewarding, family is disappointing, and being a crossdresser is hopeless. I guess it’s all been building up – seems like there are some weeks of the year that are really low and I wonder if not being a crossdresser would at least be one less hopeless cause to follow. Then, there are other weeks where I’m on top of the world, covert crossdresser, model employee, family person. I like your investigator reference, I think of that… Read more »

Brienna Dennouix
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Hi Brina,

Your post really hit home with me, thank you so much for posting this.

Brienna

Michelle
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Hi Brina I’m new and have just read your article. So much of it is exactly like my life. I’m divorced now, have two amazing kids and various other “life” type commitments that make living as Michelle impossible (at least for now). There are days when I’m up and days when I’m down. Today is a down day and after reading your post I just felt like crying. When I read the paragraph about being 12 and hormone blockers, I wonder what my life would have been like if I could have been “me” from the start. Thanks again for… Read more »

Roxanne Lanyon
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Wonderful thoughts, dear lady. I do not think I could ever be “just male” again. There has been too much lace and nylon across my heart by now. I just want to be “her”, most, if not all, of the time. Yes, I am that far gone! Sweetness pervades my thoughts, and love envelopes me. I want to be in pretty dresses, and feel like a lady. I hope it can all soon happen. I think I would be at home in a wedding dress!
Roxanne Lanyon

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