This is the question talked about the least and usually mentioned by those that have basically not had a life after SRS that did not involve some form of activism involving transsexual or even trans issues. Before you get your panties in a bunch I really have a lot of respect for these people in most cases. Several are what I consider quite good friends. They chose a path different than the path I chose and either path has its value.
I cannot speak of the out, proud, loud, and activist role because that was not me although I did a little in NYC before I realized it was not for me. I was also blessed with the genetics and the early hormone intervention that made passing a non issue and I was also young and idealistic in what I wanted from life. I wanted my Disney Moment or my Leave it To Beaver family life because I was a child of the 50's and I also had someone that simply told me to live and forget the past.
I just wanted to be the girl I knew I was like the many others before and since me have wished for. Dr. Benjamin once told me that after SRS I would leave and lead my life and he would never hear from me again. By that he meant he really thought just getting on with my life was more important than dwelling on the past and how I was born. It was a different time and much easier to just move on with your life. I did but I wrote to Harry religiously until shortly before his death.
Every girls life starts with expectations and mine and others like me are and were no different. I have always believed you make your own life and you get out of it what you put into it but there will be good times and bad times along with the normal trials and tribulations of everyday life every girl and woman faces. We start a little behind the eight ball but what we missed can be overcome.
I learned dreams do come true sometimes. In my naivete I begged god to change me into a girl at night so I could wake up as me the next morning. Going to sleep and waking up a complete girl was my wish. Well that happened for me on a cold January day in 1971. The anesthesia put me to sleep and the surgeons allowed me to wake up a complete girl many hours later. I went to sleep and woke up a girl. Okay it is a stretch but it is what it is and it did kind of happened that way.
I was never ashamed that I was born transsexual. I was angry I had been born transsexual. I was angry at god, mother nature, and anyone else I could think of to blame for being born a boy and not a girl. I wanted everything girls had and everything they had to endure. I wanted to menstruate and have the issues involved with that. I wanted to be a mom with my own baby. I wanted to be my daddy's little girl. I wanted to be able to go to my boyfriend's senior prom as his date but it was impossible in so many different ways.
I was really angry about the way I had been bullied in High School inside and outside the school. I had even planned revenge on some of those that hurt me in High School. I was convinced to attend my tenth High School reunion because Harry and my mom thought it would help deal with the anger and hurt I felt. There was one boy I planned my revenge on because he had hurt me badly several times. I figured I would seduce him and then tell him as revenge. It did not work out that way.
The tenth reunion was actually held eleven years after but it was weird. I visited my old High School to say hello to some teachers that were kind to me. It was actually weird because I was dressed nicely and the boys sitting on the Granite Steps were smiling at me as they had done in September of 1958 before they realized the truth only this time nobody would ever know about the "truth". I actually laughed a little at that. A girl knows when ever male's eyes are looking her up and down and this was one of those times.
The main corridor that I thought was 2 miles long was not long at all but when a child's mind thinks of it as a gauntlet time and distance are lost in the confusion of a frightened mind. I remember looking up from the blue walls and realizing for the first time the ceiling was white. Life in High School had always been eyes down and forge ahead, I never looked up nor did I ever speak to anyone in the corridors for most of those 3 years.
My teacher reunion went well and the student reunion was weird. The only difference between the High School me and the reunion me was hair color and some additional makeup and a knockout dress but it dawned on me that people see what they want to see or what they think they should see. I deliberately did not take a name tag and spent a solid two hours dancing with men that were trying to figure out who I was and that included the target of my anger who was both a gentleman and complimentary when we danced.
Finally one of the "geeks" figured it out when I reminded him he always had trouble with certain math problems. I went to the ladies room in preparation before leaving and he told everyone and I remember thinking how pathetic they all were but I was so wrong. I was saying goodbye to several teachers when the boy I had planned my revenge on came up to me and started apologizing and I realized they were as confused as I was then. He actually had tears running down his face and I realized he was very serious in his apology.
I learned that evening how blind my own fear had made me. Several girls asked why I rebuffed their attempts at friendship in my Junior year and I remembered none of it. It took that boy 8 months to batter down the walls I had built around myself but he did. The entire evening turned out to be cathartic just like Harry and my mother said it would be. I was there well past the midnight hour talking with young adults a few years older than me. It allowed me to let go of that part of my past.
It was a large part of the catalyst that drove me towards the rest of my life. Letting go allowed me to move forward and live life as I had wanted from very early on. I was blessed with several close friends that were born transsexual and we all just lived after our SRS. All of us just blended into society as girls and women. I lived a very normal life for a woman. I had a bad marriage and a great marriage. I had a daughter I was privileged to raise.
Life is what you make of it and it is even more rewarding when you do it as a woman. I highly recommend it.