When I was a kid, I used to play draw-it-yourself paper dolls with my cousins. We used to brag about our own drawings and most of the time, I had the most beautiful paper doll because of my artistic talent in illustration. This made my cousins annoyed of me and in the case of my parents—really nervous about me and my true gender. Well, I played with my cousins not because I enjoyed playing with them but because I never had the chance to play outside our house and mingle with the neighborhood children who usually had nothing to do but climb trees and annoy the community. I never had the chance to play with dirt, toy guns and basketball. I never had the chance to experience the joy of playing with the world outside the comfort of our house.
Then I grew up and had to leave home to study college in the city. This was the most difficult phase in my life. This, I consider the most significant decision I had made in my life. The most significant decision because it changed me a lot that I never want to be back to my old self again. I never want to be back not because I despised my old self but because it made me a stronger person now. You see, I can now face a lot of people and be able to communicate with them in the manner of my liking. I can now play with dirt and stay outside the comfort of my apartment as late as I want.
Some of the people who might get to read this would think that I had a very miserable childhood because of the strictness of my parents, but I never regret being in their guidance. They taught me a lot of things, even better things than the learning’s I would have gotten from outside our house.
If you have got to make a choice, be sure to understand the consequences of that choice in your life. Be sure to accept whatever it brings you. Be sure to “be sure” because it really might change your life, sometimes for bad, sometimes for good— life, after all, is about making choices.