We often see freedom as one's ability to move freely. However, we should consider the true essence of FREEDOM! Living in a free society, I once thought that I was able to do as I pleased, live as I pleased and say what I pleased, as long as I did not infringe on others. I have come to the realization that true freedom, is the ability to live without fear.
For any child, living inside imaginary lands offers an escape, a place to pass the time. For a transgender girl struggling with questions of identity, the ability to imagine a place where people see her for who she is, treat her as a girl, and loves her as a daughter becomes essential for her survival.
For anyone out there without their mother this Mother's Day, know that I'm thinking of you. I hope the emptiness is not overwhelming. I hope you don't suffocate on sadness, relinquish to regrets, or drown in despair. But more than anything, I hope the memories of your mother comfort and console you.