One of parts of our “definition” of leather is “We know our place in the bigger whole.” That means, we honor what came before us, we honor our elders, but we’re not beholden to them. We learn from them, find our own way and try to pass on what is important to us to the newcomers, to those who are getting into Leather and M/s now.
To that end, it was very humbling to sit with our elders today, watching them as judges, sitting with them at lunch. Sharing their time and experiences. That’s what we’ve been doing for a long time, and it feels comfortable.
What was wonderful was to see the contestants today for the GLLA M/s contest presenting and stepping up. The new titleholders and presenters and people who are living loud and proud in their dynamic.
But what was very humbling as well was to receive some amazing emails from people who’ve learned from us this year. To hear someone tell us “You know, when people learn about your cute silly nickname ‘Fancy Master’, they’re going to wonder (like we do about our elders now…)”
It brought home the lesson again that we have a place and duties, not just to listen and learn, but to share and teach, because this is how what we stand for will live in the future… to pass forward what we hold valuable and dear to the future and see if it evolves and grows.
What do you do to pass forward your M/s values and lessons?