Dare to Be Honest. Bare the Reaction. Live in Your Truth!
On Monday, June 1st, 2015, the man formally known as Bruce Jenner made a debut that took the world by storm! The much anticipated reveal of "Her", the female soul who has always dwelled inside Bruce, made her emergence on the cover of Vanity Fair Magazine, scantily clad in a satin corset by 'Trashy Lingerie'.
Above we have a photo of "Caitlyn", and below, we have a photo of "Bruce". Etched in Bruce's face, you can see signs of years of grief. But in the photo of Caitlyn, you see relief...pride...and confidence. These are cathartic chemical reactions triggered by honesty. Bruce took the DARE, and chose TO finally BE HONEST with himself, and the world. However, while shrugging off the reactions of strangers to his life long secret is one thing, the enormity of the reaction and feelings of his loved ones is another.
We've all been privy to a front row seat at the mixed reactions of his children, to his journey. We all know that the older Jenner kids took it far better than the Kardashian kids, whereas Kendall and Kylie seemingly straddled in between. All the while "supportive" like their older Jenner siblings (as were the Dash kids), they were more emotionlly disturbed by the transition, much like their Kardashian siblings.
Here is where bravery, and a made up mind, come into strong play. Becoming Caitlyn was a double whammy... In order to let "Her" live, he had to say goodbye to Bruce. I know that he (then Bruce) didn't think so, and he would like to have believed that he convinced his children to think the same; but clearly some of them saw it as a farewell to "Bruce", along with other emotions. In this case, that is exactly what happend, "Bruce" is no more, and he had TO BARE THE REACTION..
How could it not be a farewell to Bruce...? When he is now a she, and calls herself Caitlyn. Bruce is gone, and so is his masculinity. His strong jaw line has been replaced with soft contours. She is very feminine and coordinated. Caitlyn wears makeup, designer fashions, lingerie, and high heels, and Bruce wore high water pants and the same pair of tennis shoes everyday.
The transformation is undeniable, as there are only small characteristics that resemble Bruce Jenner. Caitlyn is seemingly more daring than the older Bruce, and oozes the self assured confidence that the younger Bruce did. Becoming Caitlyn knocked off more then 10 years in appearance, and former Bruce got to win a second decathlon, in one lifetime!
While I can understand a lot of the adverse reactions to Caitlyn, I can also see the beauty in the more supportive remarks. It's totally awesome that the world has been so accepting and positive about Bruce's journey. Of course there are harsh criticisms that come his way, but the positive responses far outweigh the negative. Goes to show that this cruel world can be kind!
However, I can empathize with with some of the viewpoints from a Christian perspective. For instance, to change ones gender, is undoing a Will that God made final at the time of ones conception. How can you undo the work of God? I'm sure the more conservative Christian is also associating sin to the list of woes, but I won't extend my understanding to that judgement because sin is sin. None of us are perfect, and we all fall short of God's grace and mercy. Here at 'Life. Culture. People.', we do not judge!
I can also see a non religious standpoint, that still rejects the concept of a man now calling himself/living as a woman. Just because you surgically alter your body parts, and create or remove your anatomy, it does not change the fact that you were born a man. And in this case, lived more than 60 years as a man, had multiple marriages, and fathered lots of children.
Which brings me to my next perspective. The fact that Bruce fathered so many children, and then suddenly decided to be true to himself and become a woman was unfair to them. This has disheveled and reshaped his family's dynamics forever. I'm all for one being true and honest with themselves, and even making personal changes to live in ones truth. Perhaps, if Bruce had been truer, sooner, this wouldn't be so life altering for his family... That little piece of the puzzle was my only hang up with this whole ordeal. I feel for the people who never get to see their dad again... This isn't sexual preference, who cares who you choose to love... This is far deeper and more impacting than coming out as gay or lesbian. With that decision, you still remain yourself, and your children keep their mom or dad. In this case, 10 people lost the man that raised them. But in return gained a freer, happier lady named Caitlyn, who's still there to nurture and love "her" kids.
Now, they get to build a new life of new memories with the person their father has always wanted to be. It really is a catch 22!
Here again, we have a family photo ⬆️ of Bruce and the gang, and right ⬇️ we have a photo of Caitlyn. Though s(he) is smiling in both pictures, s(he) looks a lot more radiant and happy as "Her". FINALLY, after 65 years of life as a man, "She" has arrived! Caitlyn gets to LIVE in her TRUTH, and gets to have two lifetimes in one. There's another double whammy! (but a positive one! lol) 😊 Was Caitlyn wrong for choosing to be true to herself? No, she was not. Free will is her human right, and she has the right to do as she pleases. At least she waited until her children grew up, and we're able to process the transition. Bravo for being so selfless for so many years!
I'm sure Bruce is sorry for any hurt or disappointment he may have caused anyone with the decision he made to live in his truth. But Caitlyn is UNAPOLOGETIC about her emergence! She is fierce, she is fabulous, and she is HERE!
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