What a privilege I have to call my city home. What a privilege it is to have found such a wonderful group of people in our kink community.
I was blessed to share this with new friends I made by sharing a room with three wonderful people from different locations across the USA and Canada. It was such an awesome experience to enjoy the conference with my new friends, getting to know them while attending classes, enjoying meals together and staying up late talking and laughing our hearts out.
I only entered the community a little over a year ago and when I attended last year I knew a very small handful of people, but this year as I ventured the halls of the conference I found that nearly every corner I went around there was another friend, another hug waiting for me. So much love and friendship.
I knew it was going to be an emotional weekend from the first workshop I attended. Many of the classes I had chosen had an emotional aspect to them and the weekend started off with a bang. I was basically a puddle after the first class and thank goodness I found one of my closest friends in the next class. She let me sink into her arms and tears simply poured out of me, beyond any control. I’m so grateful to have such love in my life that I found such safety in a moment when I needed it so much.
As the weekend moved on I regained my composure but it was an intensely emotional weekend for me. I was challenged to face some realities about my life and my experiences that I had not before considered and some were heartbreaking. However, I found it so reassuring that as I wound my way through the conference so many people that I would run into would notice something was off with me and would check in to see if I was ok. The arms that held me and the shoulders that carried my tears will not be forgotten.
I treasure my new friends that stood beside me when I had daring conversations, laughed with me in the late hours of the night, a wonderful gentleman that attended to the never-ending needs of many women this weekend, a beautiful little bird that found herself in a cage with me, a wonderful Leatherwoman who inspires me to be a better person and reminded me that I’m amazing too, and so many more fantastic people that came into my life this weekend it’s impossible to list them all.
This past year has been a tumultuous one for me, full of high highs, and low lows. I guess that’s what year one is all about, no one said there wasn’t a serious learning curve to this new life. But this weekend reminded me that no matter how challenging things may seem sometimes, I’m never alone, and I have a tremendous community around me. So much love was poured into me this weekend and I’m so thankful for every single one of you that helped make my conference experience amazing. I walk away from the weekend stronger, knowing I have work to do, but I also know I’m never alone and I have countless people that will lift me up and help me get to exactly where I am meant to be!
If you ever have the opportunity to attend such a conference, I highly recommend you do so. I’ve honestly met the most caring people in the kink community and I’m having the most amazing experiences and developing some wonderful relationships because of it.
I can’t wait for 2020! ❤️
Kinky Blonde Girl