One of the more ‘interesting’ things I’m finding is that it’s easier to be Talia around people I haven’t met, don’t know yet.
With people one doesn’t know there aren’t really any awkward questions. Introduce myself as Talia and that’s pretty much it. With people I know there will be the questions, why, how long have you known, etc.
There is also the underlying fear of rejection. I haven’t encountered it, yet, but I’m sure there will be some. Intellectually and somewhat emotionally I’m at a point where my attitude to that is F*’em. There is still that little part that fears rejection – something we all have.
That being said, I’m not going to allow these fears keep me from moving forward. If people want to be pricks about it do I really want them as friends?