What is “trans resilience”?

I love the word “resilience.” Webster’s has two definitions. The first is “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” The second one is more interesting: “the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress.” At first look, it seems like that’s more about materials science, or something, but I like to think about the “strained body” as, in a way, our bodies – not necessarily in the physical sense, but in the emotional and psychological sense.

Being trans or gender non-conforming in any way is stressful, often daily. Sometimes it has to do with ourselves – how our own sense of ourselves doesn’t always match the body we’re in. Sometimes it’s external – people rejecting or judging us because of how we look, or if they find out that we’re trans.

Cultivating resilience allows us to live our lives with happiness and joy – even in the face of dysphoria and transphobia.

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