Courage and Caitlyn Jenner

Sorry to bring it up. I’m sure you’re tired of hearing about it by now.

Caitlyn won that courage award she was nominated for. To her: congratulations; it was well deserved. To everyone else: get over it.

Whether or not you think that being trans is a legitimate thing or whatever, there is no need to insult her. By calling her sick, or a freak, or a fag, or whatever childish insult you’ve come up with, you’re only showing us what kind of person you are. You’re only making yourself look bad. You aren’t hurting Caitlyn’s image at all. As she said in her speech, she can take it.

To say that coming out as trans isn’t as courageous as fighting a war, or losing a limb, is ridiculous. Have you done all of those things? Can you compare them? I’m willing to bet that you probably haven’t done both, so how do you know?

Coming out with something so personal, and stigmatized, I might add, takes a tremendous amount of courage. So does fighting in a war and being shot at. So does losing a limb and pushing yourself to run a marathon.

Courage comes in many different forms. To say that someone was not courageous just because you think someone else was courageous is stupid. That’s like saying that a stubbed toe doesn’t hurt just because child birth hurts more. No. when you stub your toe, it hurts.

Nothing bugs me more than hearing people say that you can’t miss someone who’s only been gone a few days because they miss someone who has been gone a few weeks. Stop comparing other people’s emotions to your own. 

If you follow the logic of “my pain hurts more so your pain isn’t real” Please stop being self-centered.

If you miss someone, then you miss someone. A person doesn’t need to be gone a specific length of time before you’re allowed to start missing them. That’s not how emotions work.

It’s the same with courage. If someone is scared or nervous to do something, and they do it anyway, guess what? That’s called courage.

Coming out of any closet, whether it’s sexuality, religion, or whatever, it takes courage. You are admitting something very personal about yourself that you know others may not like. It’s scary. Okay?

Going into a war is scary, but the people who do it are courageous. Losing a limb is scary, and the people who do it, and continue with their life, they are courageous.

I look forward to a day when coming out of the closet isn’t as scary. Unfortunately, I don’t see that day coming anytime soon. As long as there is a stigma around people who are different (sexuality, gender identity, religion, race, etc), coming out will always be scary.

I apologize for the rant, but I needed to get it off my chest. This is my blog, after all.

Anyway, I’ll leave you with a quote from a movie/book called Tom Brown’s Schooldays, “It’d be a dull old world if we all had to be the same, wouldn’t it?”



2 thoughts on “Courage and Caitlyn Jenner

  1. Swatii says:

    This is so beautiful! Each word takes it to some other level of courage and emotion.
    Lovely Piece.
    I wish to read the next one, soon! :)

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