A transgender woman shares her advice to her younger self.

People ask a lot of questions when they know you're transgender and that you're transitioning. One of the most common things I was asked was, "What if you regret it?"
That question is framed by the thinking that gender transition is some sort of choice; that being transgender is something we're not sure of, that we might be mistaken about. Maybe it's something we're doing because we've been pressured into it, or just because we think it's "trendy".

At its heart, that question reveals the struggle inside the head of someone