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Thread: "Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." - Babe Ruth

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    Aspiring Member GracieRose's Avatar
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    "Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." - Babe Ruth

    At one time, I went through the agonizing ordeal of convincing myself to go out in public dressed. When I finally got up the courage to try, the world didn't end, the locals didn't rush at me with pitchforks, I did not encounter a gauntlet of people pointing, staring and laughing. In other words, none of the frightening things that I had imagined happened, and it became easier each time I subsequently went out. I thought of how often someone else here has written about that same fear when I saw this quote this morning. It seemed appropriate.
    "Try a thing you haven't done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not." -Virgil Thomson

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    Aspiring Member Geena75's Avatar
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    Excellent thoughts. I went out of my way to pick a more remote location to avoid close contact with people. I don't know when I might be ready for that. My feelings afterward are a partial of each of the three steps: I'm less fearful, more aware of how to do it, and definitely liked it as far as it went.

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    Senior Member TheHiddenMe's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by GracieRose View Post
    "Try a thing you haven't done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not." -Virgil Thomson
    For me it didn't take three times, it took about 3 hours.

    I went to a shopping mall, had a makeover in public, and tried on dresses at Nordstrom.

    That was after getting my nails done by an enthusiastic nail tech, had a great MUA at Sephora (who I have talked to occasionally since), and made a friend at Nordstrom who recently attended a ballgame with me while I was dressed.

    No torches and pitchforks. Rather, acceptance and smiles.

    But don't trust us. Go find out for yourself.

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    Hi Gracie Rose, You are out there and there's no turning back now, >Orchid**OO**
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    Miss Conception Karren Hutton's Avatar
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    Funny but my great uncle played with Babe Ruth in Brooklyn... when they were the Robins. I do not think he crossdressed... but he was a hell of a ball player!

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    Weirdest woman ever! docrobbysherry's Avatar
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    This is all fine for trans who not only wish to present, but to live, as women.

    But, I'm a CD. So, when I dress it's big deal for me. I don't throw on a few things, try to blend and not be noticed when I go out. I want to look good, be proud, and be noticed!

    That being said, when I go out to vanilla venues, I go for a purpose other than dressing. I go to shop, eat, site see, etc., etc. All of which is made more difficult, stressful, and time wasting if I'm dressed. Especially if I look sexy which attracts extra attention.

    When I go out fully dressed, I go to T friendly venues where having fun, socializing, and attracting attention is the whole point of going out!
    U can't keep doing the same things over and over and expect to enjoy life to the max. When u try new things, even if they r out of your comfort zone, u may experience new excitement and growth that u never expected.

    Challenge yourself and pursue your passions! When your life clock runs out, you'll have few or NO REGRETS!

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    Each time you take a step out of your comfort zone your confidence level increases. So glad you had a good experience. Congrats!
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    Senior Member Maid_Marion's Avatar
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    I wore my 2 inch block heel snakeskin pumps to work today. I paired it with light grey pants and a floral top.


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    Due to my height (6 foot) and weight (200) mingling among the masses is not within my comfort zone. I do go for drives and evening strolls in a very safe residential neighborhood on the other end of my small city. Decades ago, when I was about 175 and not so aged, I did make an effort to mingle. It was not much. On Halloween buying donuts at a Winchell's and soda/pop at a Safeway. I wore dresses and heels that any woman would wear out to dinner. It was wig, full makeup and nail polish. I sort of got it out of my system. I do shy away from doing it often as there always can be unintended consequences, not limited to me.

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    Gold Member alwayshave's Avatar
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    GracieRose, Nice quote. The first time out is the hardest.
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