I literally drove 80 MPH the entire way home in order to return in time for Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer tonight on ABC! I was maybe ten minutes late for the segment when I began receiving texts explaining within the first few minutes, Bruce finally confessed that he wanted to “reemerge as her.”
It’s no secret that I’m so embarrassingly obsessed with the Kardashian klan, having been a fan of #KUWTK and it’s spin-offs since Season 1. I’ve obviously been keeping up with the headlines suggesting that Bruce, may or may not, be transitioning into a woman. Long hair. Painted nails. Tracheal shave.
I guess the signs were always there, right?
I had to catch myself as I reflected on how much time and effort I put into trying to figure out if he was, in fact, transitioning into her. All the energy in the world devoted to trying to figure out and understand someone else’s life. It never was, and has never been, anyone’s business but his. I guess that’s the gift and curse of fame, ya know? The constant struggle of having the details of your life overexposed by those who make a living off of documenting your every single move. People are always so quick to judge and criticize celebrities like Bruce Jenner, but I wonder how many people truly internalize the idea of fame and the dark layer beneath it’s glamorized exterior.
With all that this two hour ABC segment shared with the world, the one thing that I really kind of captured my heart was the happiness that was simply beaming from Bruce. While the reality of his life may be a bit taboo, the weight that has seemed to have been lifted off his shoulders really mirrors the idea of a caged bird being set free. Imagine feeling as though you’ve lived a lie your entire life? I feel for him so deeply.
I myself was born as the person I feel I was meant to be. For the first time ever, I feel like that alone is somewhat of a luxury. Of course, there are certain qualities that I dislike about myself. At the end of the day, I’m human. I’m not the smartest. The most driven. The prettiest. The best. I don’t always have my shit together. But, I can thankfully say I never once questioned whether I was put on this earth to be anyone but Raven. With the melting pot of people that walk this planet, I can ultimately assume that everyone’s end goal is to achieve happiness within themselves. To look in the mirror and be satisfied with their reflection.
While my heart wept for him in the beginning of this two hour segment, I can honestly say that I admire his courage to finally emerge as the person he’s felt he’s always been. Her.
I only hope this segment gives others the fearlessness to be themselves.
*not until this post did I realize the power of pronouns. Him/Her/He/She
PS: You got a family full of baddies, Bruce. You better come correct.