I’ve never shared this bit of weirdness with anyone before, so I can’t be sure if it’s something that is common – or not. You see, I live so much in-the-moment that I probably give new meaning to the “Space Case” continuum. Regardless, it is from this perspective, unique or not, that gives shape to certain reactions of mine.
Yesterday, toward the end of the day at the end of two harrowing weeks of overtime and running all out, an older woman sat at my desk and launched into her story. She was relatively tall, large, and had a very large head topped with teased, hairsprayed hair. She wore a blue, sort-of smock top over black, yet it remained her very large head and face that kept me startled.
Working in the deli of a local grocery store, she had said to a coworker, “If you step it up, I’ll split the $1,000 with you,” meaning if the coworker would steal something worth stealing from the store, she’d keep quiet about it if the booty was shared. The coworker took it as a threat and started spreading around this woman’s medical history.
Doing my job as I was there to do, I listened and questioned to frame her story in a perspective that would be conducive to the laws in question. In the end, she said the store manager told her, “Let me do you a favor and terminate you.”
Staying still, I continued to listen, and she eventually explained that her medical history was sex-change surgery and called herself transgendered. My impression was that she was completely consistent with her expressions and body language and solid with her self identity. I was talking to a person that was intelligent and balanced, interesting and even. There was none of the overly dramatic demonstrativeness of a gay person; her displayed emotions were consistent with the situation she was describing. She was fired from her minimum wage job, not because of the job she did, but because of who she was.
So, I wonder. What does she feel when she catches a glimpse of herself in a mirror? Just how much of what is seen in a mirror is a reflection of who and what we are? I always stress congruence, being on the outside what exists on the inside, to be true blue. That is what opens up an infinite world of experience, expression and creativity.
This body is only a vessel to carry us through a lifetime of learning and growth. There are no differences between us - until we pull our pants down - and it's still only a minute fraction of all that we are.
So, look in the mirror only when you need an update on how well you're doing in the True Blue department. The rest just doesn't matter.