I had to do some paperwork over the phone today and got asked about how I identify, as in gender identification. I’ve heard it before, but this time for some reason it was different. I really didn’t know how the fuck to answer! And that led me to a pretty cool, honest eye-opening conversation with the person I was talking to.
The gender question, how I identify comes up occasionally. I brush it away and go on. This time I actually stopped and thought deeply about it. I know I am biologically female, but my brain thinks in very males ways most of the time. I do not feel like I am female. Maybe I’m somewhere in between, I don’t really even know for sure myself.
She asked about pronouns. That’s what made me stop and think. Then we had the conversation. I told her I answer to most all of them, haha. So, I had her indicate that I’m non-binary on the paperwork. But I’m still stewing about the questions obviously.
Thought you all may like this Brene Brown quote. It kind of fits with the current state of affairs in our country and the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Only when diverse perspectives are included, respected, and valued can we start to get a full picture of the world: who we serve, what they need, and how to successfully meet people where they are.
Daring leaders fight for the inclusion of all people, opinions, and perspectives because that makes us all better and stronger. That means having the courage to acknowledge our own privilege, and staying open to learning about our biases and blind spots. It is also listening, centering, and honoring stories that reflect experiences that are different than our own.
Courage is listening, learning, unlearning, knowing when to lead, and knowing when to let others lead.”
I hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Peace ~ MB