Saturday, March 21, 2020

Significant Quote by Caitlyn Jenner

I have seen numerous movies over the years but rarely write about it in this Journal.  I do note them on Facebook and have likely viewed hundreds in recent years. Sadly, movie theaters are closed during this COVID-19 situation.  I have a subscription to HBO and at times peruse the listing of on-demand titles.  Very often it is difficult to ascertain the quality of the film from the short description on the TV screen.

I selected a documentary called About Buzz about a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and celebrated author Buzz Bissinger.  Much of the film considered Buzz's role in helping Caitlyn write her autobiography.  Caitlyn was born Bruce Jenner and won the decathlon in the 1976 Olympics.  He became a celebrity in the years that followed.  Bruce always had an issue with gender dysphoria as he felt he was a woman trapped in a man's body.

The book published in 2017 is

She was very forthcoming as she discussed her difficulties in making the transition from a man to a woman.  There is much prejudice toward transgendered people.  The following statement quoted directly hit close to home although for me had nothing to do with LGBTQ issues:

"Please, I am begging you don't ever let your life succumb to what others think.  Do not give in to fear as I did for so many years.  Do what is in your heart and soul and never regret it."

I think back to a former boss (RTS) who pigeonholed me and never gave me a chance to spread my wings professionally.  I saw him as a roadblock, but couldn't let him stifle me.  He was very much an intimidator and I did fear him.  I always did what was best for the people who needed my services in spite of what he thought of me.  In many situations at different employers, I prospered in spite of managers, not because of them.

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