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Dear Ellen. Your words about growing up with an alcoholic parents moved me deeply. I also am a child of alcoholic parents. I always thought, “If I were only a better daughter they would stop drink”, or if I kept my room cleaner they would stop drinking, or if I made better grades, etc. Of course it never had anything to do with me. Yet, we end up with the baggage of all that in our adult lives. All that AND you faced gender dysphoria. I’m so proud of you and for you that you found your life and now who you are is really WHO you are. You’ve found Buddhism, which to me has truly been the source of happiness.
Thank you for all you do. Go ahead, be happy!
Thank you for your kind words! We all have our respective journeys. I appreciate your generosity and wish you well!