Usually we encourage ourselves to forget things that have happened in the past that have traumatized us. We bury those memories in the darkest corners of our thoughts and attempt to stack new memories over them. Thankfully I chose to remember, and to tell my story. As a child writing was therapeutic but as an adult it’s proven beneficial to my growth. Fast forward a few years and that confidence bloomed into a need for more. I later found myself fully submerged in the Ballroom community, branding myself as “The Bearded Lady” of performance. Traveling statewide, competing, and bringing to life a persona I used to only write about. Poets thrive on experiences—I’m creating mine.