Conference Firsts

It’s important for me to acknowledge the first times that I do Personally Important Things.

This is part of how I cope with anxiety and keep depression at bay – once I do the thing (what ever it is), I’m a whole lot less afraid of doing it again after that.

Each accomplishment is appended to a mental list which I started in my early 20’s.

Each one gives me more courage to know that I can do the next Important Thing.

… me giving a talk on Bias in Machine Learning …

So… last week, I did two (yes TWO!!) anxiety-producing-but-also-awesome-I’m-really-proud-of-myself things:
– wore my collar at a conference
– said “I’m trans” on stage

Yup. I did that. Go me!