I saw an ad for an online university and one particular line stood out to me. The announcer’s voice was trying to be encouraging when he said, “Talent is evenly distributed, but opportunities are not.” As I heard those words, I realized that while they SOUNDED good at a glance, they were in fact, patently untrue! If they WERE, then I would have the basketball expertise of Michael Jordan, the intelligence of Einstein, the voice of Celine Dion, and the body of Cindy Crawford….all clearly NOT the case. Talents, skills, and attributes are not and never WILL be evenly distributed.

Similarly, opportunities vary widely for different people. This can be due to economic status, geographic location, family dynamics, genetic inheritances, and hundreds of other factors. We as a society strive to provide opportunities to as many folks as possible to help them overcome the obstacles they face in achieving their dreams. But there will always be inequalities here as well.

What then can we do to achieve our dreams-whether they are fame, fortune, a good job, a loving family, or being true to our authentic selves? As I thought about it, I realized that the key difference between those who succeed in their quest, despite the obstacles placed before them, and those who fail, despite their inherent advantages, is in the attitude and effort they exhibit. When faced with a disadvantaged position (such as growing up in a broken home or in a poor neighborhood or being physically handicapped…. Or being transgendered), that each could choose one of two attitudes.

First you could decide that you are a victim-of fate, of societal forces, or just plain bad luck. But that attitude just leads you to wallow in self-pity and does nothing to help you achieve your dreams. This is not limited to those who are truly disadvantaged either. Even those with a lot going for them can lose it all or fail to achieve their goals because they don’t put in the effort-choosing to seek out pity despite their favorable circumstances, feeling as if they still don’t have as much as someone else does.

OR… you can decide that you WILL succeed despite your circumstances. With effort and a positive attitude, many folks have overcome incredible hardships to capture their full potential and succeed beyond their wildest dreams. They see their obstacles as opportunities, the chance to become stronger by overcoming their struggles. In doing so, they inspire others to follow their example. No one denies that inequities exist, but by achieving your goals through hard work, you can help illuminate those inequities to the world-a world that despite what some might say to the contrary, DOES have the capability of changing attitudes for the better.

So as I navigate my journey toward an as yet unknown destination, I choose to celebrate my uniqueness, to work my hardest at overcoming any obstacles life confronts me with, and to try to inspire others to do the same. And maybe, just maybe, together we can change the world!


With apologies to Teddy Roosevelt for re-writing his quote “It’s Not the Critic Who Counts”-one of my dad’s favorite quotes.

It’s not the critic who counts; not the woman who points out how the crossdresser gets read, or where the person who left her home dressed could have looked better. The credit belongs to the woman who is actually in the arena, whose makeup is slightly smeared from nervous perspiration; who dares go out into the world; who fails to pass, coming short again and again, because there is no venturing out without initial failures and fiascos; but who actually DOES try and pass in the world; who knows great joy at going out dressed; working hard on her outfit and deportment; who gives her all in reaching for the stars; who at the best is accepted by the world as female ; and who at the worst, if she fails, at least fails while daring to reach her dream, so that her place will never be with those timid souls who hide at home and never try.

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The Original Cyn, or OC for short. Cynthia is from Richmond Virginia, she crossdresses every day (lucky gal!) and has a knack for tracking down niggling technical issues so we can fix them. She is also on a journey of self-examination to figure out where her feminine journey will lead her, and is always willing to talk with others about their feelings and questions or her own.

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bronwyn barron

Hi Cynthia, while your words of encouragement are inspirational, they are somewhat wasted on me. I will be a closet dresser till i die. I have accepted that and have no desire to go further in my fem life.
And looking at the comments here tells me that your encouraging words are of great value to the other girls here. Bronwyn

Stephanie Flowers

Beautifully written cyn , life offers us so many challenges and to this successes becomes our strengths as to failures brings in reality in one’s lives. To accomplish success draws a mindset to be positive in believing in one’s self , to be able to overcome and to conquer . A decision to move ahead in something that all of us face in our lives and must be recognized as true to your values even though situations dictate the opposite. In the end it’s you and only you who should feel right about pursuing your goal . Arise with Confidence… Read more »

April (Pacific Princess)
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Again – very relevant article Cyn! I do hope, however, that we all realize though that as well as talent and opportunity – fortitude, attitude, and internal makeup are also not evenly distributed. So often we hear someone say “she just needs to have a better attitude” or “she just needs to work harder” and my answer is “well – duh!” Easier said than done sometimes. I know that I have been battling depression for most of my life and without the help of friends and family and some great doctors I would probably be dead by now. Now I… Read more »

Andrea Adlerberg

Great article Cyn. Attitude is truly the foundation for success. The adaptation of TR’s quote was the icing on the cake !


Very insightful, as always – many thanks for this article Cyn. I do relate to your point about making the effort as a crossdresser. While the result may not always be perfect, it is always so fulfilling to make the effort, with no regrets. Despite all the doubts we may each of us have, and probably understandably so, about going out and trying to live a normal life ‘en femme’ and blend in, I have observed that I am accepted for who I am, pretty much all the time, simply for making the effort to be Isabelle, with a positive… Read more »


Hi Cyn,
Thank you for your inspirational message. We who take on this journey of self expression and discovery are valiant and courageous. But we must, to be true to our hearts. And take opportunity as it arises in order to be the person we are meant to be, whole and happy.

Linda Porter
Linda Porter

Great piece that you wrote and I do believe there are those who do and those who do not. I see some people get it in their head that that can’t do something and then it snowballs into something more bringing them down entirely.


Awe Sweetheart you look so happy and I’m very happy for you Cyn, you go Sister

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B E A Youuuu tiful Cyn yup yup yup Bzactly!!
I don’t know where I heard this one:

there are those that talk about other peoples ideas
there are those that talk about their own incredible ideas &
there are those too busy building to talk much at all…
This is going to be a Fun year Girlfriends hehehe
n huggles

Rose Turner

I try. I’ve been out. Do I pass? I don’t know. I don’t care either. I just want to have fun. Like the song says girls just want to have fun. So I don a dress or a skirt and go out and act like a girl. I have so much fun doing it that I’ll never stop. I may live full time one day. I go into the ladies room when I have to go. I’ve been reconized as a girl on some occations. Love the girl thing. I put on a skirt as my regular clothes now. No… Read more »

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