I saw someone doing this on tumblr, so I decided to copy it. If you are a transman and proud I suggest taking a photo of yourself with the same saying and post it. :)
I agree with the first part 100%: “Just because I wasn’t born a boy doesn’t mean I can’t become a better man”. It’s just the last part that gets me: “than you could ever hope to be.”
Yes, pride matters. Yes, everyone has the right to become a better man, if they so desire. But are we really going to make our pride contingent upon our own genders being better than other people’s hopes for themselves? I know you’re probably not saying “ha! my trans manliness trumps your cis hopefullness!”, but it really does come across that way.
To me, part of becoming a better person is putting aside the interpersonal competitions and the sizing each other up, and to find my place within the local and global community. I hope we all are able to become the best version of ourselves we could ever hope to be.