When people grow old
They can easily identify a period of their lives
Where growth came easy, where smiles were abundant
The defining year of their lives gave them so many lovely gifts.
For me, it’s easy
As young as I am
I can tell this year for me
Is two thousand and sixteen.
I am transgender
This year I began my journey
And started to transition to male
People call me the right names and pronouns.
I am a writer
This year I continued my journey
And published a book for the first time
My accomplishments hopefully can help me get to college.
I am an explorer
This year I drove to Massachusetts
And spent the summer at Harvard University
Taking classes and meeting people from all over the world.
I am an activist
I gave a TED talk on trans rights
I helped other trans teens start to transition
Through my help line blog that lets people reach out and learn.
This last year helped me define myself
This last year helped me develop as a human being
This last year helped me help as many people as I could
This last helped me know that there are so many opportunities ahead of me.
I am excited for them, for the growth yet to happen, and I embrace the next year with open arms.