The day I started this blog, I had absolutely no idea of how long it would last, or how many posts I would write on it. I started one year before the scheduled date for my surgery and had planned to record whatever came along during those twelve months. I didn't know whether I would continue or, in fact, whether I would want to.
But I learned a few things during that year, and more since. I also had a motive for continuing this blog that some may find self-indulgent or narcissistic: FOr the most part, what I wrote in this blog during the months after my surgery were the first I wrote in my new life.
Also, I found myself thinking, if not differently, then in different directions. In my transition, I experienced sexism, transphobia and other kinds of bigotry in more immediate and intimate ways than I ever did as a male who, as far as most people could tell, was straight, or at least bi-leaning-to-hetero-sexual. And who is white. One interesting facet of my experiences is that I also learned how my race matters and that, for whatever prejudice I was experiencing, there were other kinds of ignorance and hate to which I wasn't subject and, I hope, never will be.
Anyway...I want to thank all of you who have been reading, whether regularly or episodically. And I want to thank my mother, father and other people--including my friend Millie and Bruce (I don't know that better friends exist!)--who've been with me on this journey. And my new friends, too: you know who you are!
I may write Post #1001 tomorrow. Or next week. And how much time will pass between Post #1001 and 1002, I don't know. But, for now, this blog will continue. And, I suspect, it will go on as long as I learn anything new or interesting, or am shocked by something, related not only to my own life as a woman, but to issues related to gender and sexuality. A friend has suggested I start a political blog. I may do that. If I do, i will almost certainly take time and energy from this, so my posts will become less frequent. (Unless, of course, I no longer have to work for a living!) But, for now, and for the foreseeable future, I'll be here. And here I am.