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10 Lessons We Can All Learn From Caitlyn Jenner

It’s never too late to make a change in your life.

Caitlyn transitioned at 65 years old. She had a family and 65 years of life as a male already, but she still made the change she needed to be true to herself and happy. No matter what you want to change in your life—weight, career, or address—you can do it even if you’re older. The courage to make a change is more important than the age you are.

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Parenting knows no gender.

Caitlyn has placed heavy emphasis on her children. She has spent countless hours discussing her transition with them and doing what she could to maintain and repair those relationships. Bruce Jenner didn’t always do the right thing in terms of his children, but Caitlyn has made every effort she could to make sure her children know they are loved.

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Be a voice for others.

While Caitlyn has been very open about her experience transitioning, she hasn’t made it all about her. Her website recognizes other transgender individuals and their families. Caitlyn could have used her fame to make it all about her, but instead she’s serving as a mouthpiece for the transgender community and providing others a platform to be heard.

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Learn from other people's stories.

Caitlyn has been very vocal about how beneficial it is to speak to others and learn from them. She has made it a mission to speak to other transgender women about their struggles and lessons, using those conversations to learn and help others. Instead of only paying attention to yourself and your own experiences, value the experiences and wisdom that others can share with you.

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Don’t apologize for being yourself.

In order to transition, Caitlyn had to speak with a lot of people about the process. She had to talk to her children, mother, sister, and Kris Jenner. This was all in addition to coping with the scrutiny she was under from the public. There were a lot of other people for her to consider when transitioning, but she didn’t apologize for finally being open about who she truly is. You don’t need to say sorry for being true to yourself either.

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You can admit when you’re scared or nervous.

When Caitlyn had to speak at the ESPYs, she openly admitted to being nervous to speak and read in front of so many people. On her website, she discussed her apprehension to read off the teleprompter because she’s dyslexic, but the act of facing her fear and preparing for the moment on stage helped her overcome it. Pretending to not be afraid doesn’t make you any stronger. You are allowed to be nervous, afraid, and anxious, and you are allowed to openly discuss these feelings.

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It’s better to be generous and open.

In her Vanity Fair  interview, Caitlyn said she believes her new self is a better person than Bruce was. Since transitioning, she has been more generous in spending money on others, become a better listener and communicator, and spent more time trying to help others than Bruce did. It’s easy to see that Caitlyn is a happier person due to this shift.

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Don’t ever assume you know a person or his struggles.

Bruce was in the spotlight for decades as one of America’s favorite Olympians and a member of the Kardashian Klan. After watching him and his family on TV for years, it seemed like we knew everything about him, but we didn’t. No one could have guessed the internal struggle Bruce was dealing with every day. No matter what, it’s important to remember that you never fully know the issues other people are dealing with, and you should therefore treat others with compassion.

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You can always right your wrongs or at least try to atone for them.

Bruce was a distant father to his first four children, and his relationship with them was strained. Caitlyn, on the other hand, has been working to remedy these mistakes and create a close, loving relationship with her first four Jenner kids. She knows that she can’t change the past, but living openly as herself has allowed her to be more honest with her children than ever before.

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There is no shame in trying.

Bruce began to transition in the 1980s but stopped because he feared how it would affect his children, and he wasn’t ready for the publicity associated with the change. Even though his first attempt at transitioning didn’t work out, it was still an effort to become who he felt he needed to be. Caitlyn has successfully transitioned now, but she doesn’t regret her first attempt all those years ago. Change is a process, and trying is still something to be celebrated.

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