there are parts of me only I can see

there is no amount of #testosterone and no type of gender affirming surgery that will suddenly make the outside world see me the way I see myself. This is a daily struggle and something I am aware of in each interaction I have. The assumptions others make based on how I look/sound on the outside will never fully align with who I am. As I accept this reality, I find that I no longer put my energy towards controlling others' perceptions of me. Instead I focus on deepening my understanding of self. The more I am able to know and be my whole self (inside and out), the more others will see a more complete me

Mere Abrams