It felt like the world had changed overnight. Well, it was more like a decade or so, but I was unfortunate enough to have been just out of high school when the big social changes started. I was too young to be considered and old fashioned man, but not quite young enough to easily transition into what was to become the modern man. In the world today, there are so many expectations as to what a man should wear, how a man should style his hair, and even what a man’s body should look like. The pressure is insane. I probably would have buckled under the pressure if it wasn’t for my infant son, not to mention the second one I have on the way. If it wasn’t for them, I probably would have become one of the outcast, forever shunned by society, but instead I buckled down. I did the hormone therapy, I got the surgeries, and now I get up everyday and put on my makeup, do my hair, and keep up with the latest fashion trends. All with a smile and my head held high. I’m still not sure I agree with how things are for men these days, but that’s the world I live in, and I need to make damn sure I set a good example for my sons to follow.