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I have labeled myself with many different things over time. I started with transvestite, moved on to cross dresser, adopted gender non-conforming, and now am using transgender. It almost gives the impression that I have moved through some sort of stages of being transgender, on what some may reference as a transgender journey; like, yay, I get to go on vacation now that I am TG!
Really, my journey has not been in moving along some sort of destined path to womanhood. What it has been is a struggle of attempting to figure out who I am, how to live with it, and how to describe it. For my entire life I have behaved in ways that have not been consistent with my gender but I have never had the knowledge, the vocabulary, or the confidence to talk about it.