For a woman I am strange, I think anybody who knows me in real life will validate that.
But what exactly do I mean by strange?
Perhaps I mean dorky, weird, and eccentric but also some people have labelled me as confused or having a split personality.
I might do, though I prefer the stance that I am existentially challenged.
I am a female, that occasionally wakes up and wishes for just that particular day to be a man, but it’s only occasional. On another day I will wake up and want to be kawaii or gothic, or a child or an adult, or anything as the feeling grabs me and it is often a part of my depression when I can’t morph my body into how I feel for the day.
Mostly though, I want to be tall and strong athletic looking woman and have perfect long straight brunette hair in a long plait, wearing a tight white camisole and black jeans and heeled boots and don’t have the need to wear spectacles.
But alas, I am fat and hideous, my hair is the colour of straw with flecks of white and I indeed need spectacles.
Image aside, this isn’t what I meant when I first started the post.
What I wanted to say is that, I am strange because I am like an old fashioned man, or rather an old man. I say this, because some people online believe I am not a woman at all, but I am. I am just a weird one that’s all.
I was a weird little girl too.
I was a bug catching little girl, who had pet snails that escaped in the night in my bedroom sliming the walls in the morning, creeping my OCD clean freak mother out with the things she’d find hiding in my room every morning. One day she found a squirrel I had tamed, sitting on the desk looking like it owned the place and it screamed at her when she screamed at it.
I was a frog catching little girl too and I’d scrump my neighbour’s apples, well, I used to pick my neighbours apples from their tree that was above my swing, which she allowed – to be a true scrumper meant I stole without permission, but that wasn’t the case.
As a child my biggest emotional and creative influence was my dad and two male cousins. As a child I had more male friends than female and as a child I loved things that most little girls shy away from.
I was the little girl who asked for matchbox cars at Christmas, Gremlin and monster toys, scalextrics, books, art supplies, dinosaurs, trump cards and anything to do with wrestling.
I was the kind of little girl who scoffed at soap operas and sat down with her father and grandmother on a Sunday afternoon watching horse racing and Laurel Hardy movies and other oldies.
I’d learn all the words from those old movies, so that when mum worked the night shift at the retirement home she worked in, me and dad would re-enact them together fully, like we were putting on a spectacular theatre production.
Sometimes we did for my aunts when visiting grandma on Sunday afternoons if they were visiting gran too.
I was the kind of little girl who made solar system models and studied encyclopaedias like a bible, because my access to education was sparse.
My dad was mostly into science, war and film history and gardening and he was the most active in educating me those things. I got heavily into understanding the history of automobiles and aviation and some of it still sticks to this day!
I was like a son to him, I am sure.
My mum I think was jealous and that is why she treated me badly, I didn’t grow how she wanted me to. She wanted me to be image obsessed, watch all the soap operas with her, devour all the romance books she bought and gossip about people behind their backs viciously, like some plastic girl from the movie Means Girls.
Which was odd really, because she as a tom boy too! She never taught me make up etc, it was like she had hoped that me being a girl I would teach her those things – but its a mothers job to teach the girl!
But I wasn’t like that, so she made my life hell. Really, it was like living with a school bully with no escape, she only backed off me when I caved in and pretended to be the Barbie she wanted me to be, which was difficult as I was a fat child who was a bit of a jock. Yes, you do get fat jocks!
But I’d rather go to a local park with my dad in the evenings and play on their big adventure playground pirate ship and re-enact scenes from The Voyage of Sinbad or Blackbeard the pirate, with my dad and if I am lucky, my cousins.
I am still very masculine to this day in my ideas, hobbies, likes and dislikes. I even took a psychological test once to find out what I am and found out my brain is a lot more masculine than an average woman, in fact, significantly so.
I am bisexual, I do like to cross-dress and be masculine from time to time and I don’t make friends easily with women, unless they are similar to me. Usually creative, hippy or bohemian, or tom boyish too!
The strange thing about all of this is that I am also glamour puss. Weird contrast I know, but I love dressing up elaborately, like a proper classic Hollywood star, but I can’t be in perfection mode all the time, it would drive me up the wall. I love maxi dresses and sandals, I like jeans and camisoles, rainbow coloured dungarees and weird shit like that, oh and cosplay.
I am a chameleon I suppose, yes, I guess that’s the right thing to say about me – I am a chameleon.
You never know what you are going to get day to day and if you are comfortable in rigidity, we can’t get along, because I have to flow with my emotions. Don’t judge me for changing my style yet again, get used to it, why so stiff and judgemental? Don’t be stiff… unless of course… I digress!
It’s the flow again, the water that is me.
I’m like a river, now isn’t that going to be a lovely poem?
I am off to write it now…