The Elusive Sherry Greer
I’m sitting on my couch after reading day 2 and the comments of Tina’s experience at the Italian restaurant. Looking at the pictures of her beautiful dress and the radiance of her smile, I can’t help but shed a tear of joy for her 🥲! Having the confidence to go out as we do is not something that happens overnight but a journey of self-assurance. I think of my ongoing journey and where I started, where I’m at presently, and where the future will take me. So many emotions, so many ups and downs, so many tears of self-doubt and so many tears of joy from experiences that I thought were unobtainable just a couple years ago. I have so many people to thank for their support and guidance and the true love for me as a person, at times it is overwhelming to think of how lucky I am for that friendship.
Being in the position that I am, that is, officially retired but then getting rehired to do a similar job has allowed me to have a bit of a different attitude towards being who I am and being seen by others. Please don’t think I’m more reckless now and don’t care about that because I do and it’s something I think about every time I go out. The difference is I am in control, if something would happen I can walk away from that position and be me because I’m “retired”. This has given me more confidence, I tend to wear my natural hair more as opposed to my wig. It is funny how the two sides of me have blended into one! An example of this is I happen to pull beside Kandi while driving in male mode, and she thought I was Sherry. Conversely, I was driving as Sherry and a coworker who works very closely with me pulled up beside me and thought I was my male self!
On January 14th I went out for dinner with Stephanie and Lori, two coworkers for dinner. On the 15th I went to lunch with Amanda and Jen, two more coworkers. Each time I think they were more nervous being seen with me then I was with them because of the negative possibilities. Later that day I went to a store to return an Amazon purchase and to a building supply store to purchase some supplies to fix a shelf for a friend. I walked into those stores with a smile of confidence! After I was done fixing the shelf my friend Laverne took me to dinner. Even when the hostess seated us and made a gender comment that would have, in the past, ruined my night, I had the confidence to correct her and politely tell her that she had it correct the first time when she addressed us as “ladies”. The attached pictures are of the two days.
I guess the moral of the story is allow yourself, and it’s hard, to become the person you deserve to be. Despite setbacks at times it’s worth seeing a smile like Tina displayed in her pictures❤️❤️❤️.