As part of her ongoing original series, "The Real Me," Caitlyn started out Monday's post by addressing a fan's curiosity about whether there was a "tipping point" when she decided to "share Caitlyn with the world."
"I firmly believe that there are intensity levels of being trans," she wrote. "For example, a boy at a young age — four or five-years-old — might refuse to wear guy clothes and will only wear dresses. Not as a one-time thing, or as just dress-up play, but insistently, every day saying, 'I'm a girl.' They can't — and won't — hide their true identity, even at that young age.Then there are others, like me, who can (kind of) live with it for a long time, even though it's very uncomfortable."
Caitlyn continues, "I was growing up in a very different time and I had no information. Meanwhile, I had all of my diversions — sports...this...that...married...family — but after 65 years, here I was right back with the same problems that I had when I was 10 years old and I had to finally do something about that."
And it's that courage that led the 65-year-old to the Vanity Fair cover where she announced that she was "free." At the time, she wrote on Twitter, "I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can't wait for you to get to know her/me."
We've been seeing more of Caitlyn's style, and one fan who wanted to know the best part about being Caitlyn so far also prompted an answer about the unexpected power of packing clothes for a recent trip.
"I packed for the first time — as just Caitlyn, nobody else — which is the first time I've ever done that," she shared. "I was gone for five days and had such a fantastic experience with all of these girls who have all been through the same thing. We had so many stories to tell. We had so many things that we were all dealing with. It was just truly a liberating experience. I knew then that I could never go back."
"It's been both eye opening and difficult to see firsthand what so many members of the trans community have had to go through just to be themselves. I hope to help raise awareness of these hardships so that it becomes a less painful process going forward," she wrote. "That said, the future looks bright. I knew that my transition would get some response, but I certainly never expected all of this. It's honestly been incredibly positive."