Looking back now, if you could have given yourself advice when you were pre -transition, what would it be?
Be honest to yourself, I'm 6', was 260lbs, very athletic, outdoorsy, mechanic, fire fighter, military, etc. and scared shitless to seek help to understand who, why and what I am. It's been 5 years since the first appt. I never planned on transitioning but realized how happy I've been since really coming to terms with who I am, I've been very honest throughout my relationship with my wife, in telling her of my dysphoria since 6 months in while dating back in high school, my wife of 38 years has been incredibly supportive. My biggest regret is not transitioning sooner.
Also, financial planning is important because anyone can get respectable medical care before Trans people including illegal immigrants, people that have never paid a dime in taxes, and people who smoke, refuse to exercise and eat like pigs.
Stabilize yourself in a job , a career or start & keep a business! Why? Because the quality of the transition medical treatment you receive will depend on how much money you have, make or can access. Little or no money can result in lousy treatment or no treatment at all. People have died because they couldn't transition. Life is wonderful but Life can be a dirty game. Stay vigilant.