I really enjoy the first person POV especially when it comes to bodily sensations. It really creates connection to the experiences of the writer for me.
It makes the reading more visceral and real for me personally even if I am not having that specific sensation. For me, there is a closeness, vulnerability, and intimacy that is so hard to find without having to unpack interpretations and attempt to understand background where I, as a reader, wasn’t there to appreciate the experiences.
A lot of what is portrayed even descriptions touching on emotion comes off as intellectualized emotion in much of what I find especially when wading into a subject matter that is new to me. That really doesn’t bring me into the writer’s world and often assumes too much in common.
There is a whole world of discovery and connection to be cultivated from straight forward first person writing about what it is like to be “me”, the writer. I felt tingling, confusion, attraction, etc… whatever the case.
I discovered an inner attraction and fullness of feeling grounded in my body from reading this article. I went there as the writing inspired the connection. It cultivated a desire “ to relate” to myself and the author more fully.
I am learning that my body communicates some of the most resonate aspects of my real true soulful self that I didn’t know before in ways my thinking about it couldn’t begin to capture.
There is so much debate, activist energy, and complexity in conceptual constructs around being Trans, gay, lesbian, etc I can’t help but wonder if a another good way to establish interest, appreciation, tolerance as well greater progress and acceptance is leading from the front by sharing openly what it’s like to be “me” in the voice of open discovery. Beginner’s mind and body if you will.
Really enjoyed the article. Thank you!