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Sorry it's not a meme or the profound words of a scholar but I thought a thez I just sent would be appropriate here:

 

I'm not going to refer to myself as a trans woman anymore unless it's relevant to the statement/conversation. It's an adjective and I'm going to use it as such. Tall girls don't run around just referring to themselves as tall women and I don't think it's healthy for me to continue to unnecessarily make that distinction.

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Here is one of my pride and joys... his name was Tucker and he gave me so much for years. His ashes reside in my nightstand now and some day when I pass, I will have my ashes join his and my other joy (Springer Spaniel named Sir Bear) and be spread in the woods where we went to refresh ourselves daily....

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and remember to find joy in your life

Sometimes you have to let go of the picture of what you thought life would  be like and learn to find joy in the story you are actually living. -  Rachel Marie

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