I had the pleasure of seeing Janet Mock on a panel at the Facing Race Conference a few years back. Since then I have followed her career and adore her podcast, Never Before.
Janet Mock is a leader, an activist, an author, a speaker, a wife, and much, much, more. But she is also a transgender woman. The reason that I am drawn to her life and her story is that I see myself in her. I see everyone else in her.
We are all trapped by our own inability to be who we are, at some point in our lives. Some people become doctors or lawyers because that is what is expected of them. Others stay in relationships or marriages because they fear what others will say. And still there are those who feel trapped by the secrets they have kept inside.
To me, being happy is the most important thing in life. Not being able to truly be who you are is exhausting and heart-breaking. No one can ever experience true happiness when they cannot be themselves.
And that is what I admire most about her. She is a person who made the decision to stop running from herself, her friends, her family families, and from society’s constraints.
I support any and every one on their journey to find happiness and to find themselves. May life lead us all to a path that allows us to quiet the voices around us and to pay more attention to the booming voice within us.