Thank you Salina!
Incidentally that photo was taken after a Eurovision party, and partly as an experiment to see if I could present the dishevelled slightly merry me I saw in the bathroom mirror in a slightly more positive way. As such it’s been phone filtered, so do remember that. :)
It feels like I’m in a humbling place at the moment, and quite honestly it’s taking a while to get used to it. Everything is “done”, I’m loved, have great friends, am secure in my home life (well, as secure as anyone can realistically expect to be at the moment)…and most of all the nasty gremlin that was dysphoria is basically gone. I don’t know when it went, but I can’t see it except for its infrequent (and uninvited) house calls.
It’s weird looking in the mirror and feeling the urge to smile at myself all the time, but I guess I’ll get used to it eventually!
I’m sure you’ll get there too, and when you do, I’ll be waving. :)