A few years ago, if you asked me to think about my future I would tell you that I couldn't. Beyond perhaps twenty years old was a blur of nothing. I figured I'd be dead by then. There was no future to think about, nothing to live or hope for. But life, life is so much more than that. Most of you reading this are probably between the age of 14 and 24. Maybe you are still in the closet or maybe you're partially out. Maybe you're already on HRT and awaiting surgery. Maybe you pass, maybe you don't. And maybe everyday still feels like a struggle that will never get better. But I can tell you from experience that I have been where you are and it does get better. About a month ago I was disowned by my parents after publicly coming out as trans. I remember I was speaking to my therapist following this - that I fear not ever being able to see my siblings again. That I won't ever get to watch them grow up or be a part of their lives. But he reminded me that there is no way I can know that. I'm 19 now and in university, and by the time my youngest brother is my age I will be 36 years old. I could be helping pay his college tuition. I am as involved in their lives as I choose to be. The fact is, the best part of your life probably hasn't happened yet. You've still got 3/4 of your life left! That is decades of chances, opportunities, sorrows, struggles, but most importantly - joys too. There is so much life left ahead of you to look forward to. You have no idea what is in store. The friends you have never met, the beautiful places you have not yet seen, the craziest adventures, most ridiculous mistakes, best food, most side splitting laughter... That is all ahead of you. And you've already made the first steps toward living authentically. You are so much stronger than you realize. Who you are is worth it. You deserve a better future. So take this day full of its shit and keep going. Make your bed, get dressed, eat. Breathe in the sunlight and put your headphones on. Become your own hero, if only for today.