In about 36 hours, we’ll be taking our final flight as the current International Master/slave to return back home to South Plains Leatherfest and our step-aside. An extremely bittersweet moment. We’ve mostly kept it together, mainly by being busy (hair-on-fire busy, actually) but like any other journey, time and the travels come to the end of the journey. (PS. If you’re going to be there, please come say “HI” please!)
We started out just under four years ago and the people we are today are not the people who nervously decided to send in an application to a brand new state contest. We will be learning lessons from this journey for years to come, as we move on to new things. We are starting to think about all that though. On our way back home from Louisville this past weekend, we were remembering some really funny moments from our year, and the good moments.
We both agree that the best part of this whole journey has been to share and learn from so many people across the world. Talk about privileged! To have had the chance to meet wonderful people and learn a little bit about them, about their hopes and interests and dreams and questions. When else would we have had this chance to be so blessed and to have found a vibrant, passionate community like the Master/slave community?
We’re going to have more to say when we get past this weekend, but in the meantime, I wanted to share bits of the “The Road Goes Ever On” from the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. About ourselves and the couple who will be on the road next come this Saturday evening…
The Road goes ever on and on
Out from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
Let others follow it who can!
Let them a journey new begin,
But I at last with weary feet
Will turn towards the lighted inn,
My evening-rest and sleep to meet.
Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
(from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkein)
19 hours in a metal tube. That’s about what it was like in flying back to the States from our vacation in Australia. Time seems to stand still on a flight like that – the Earth gliding by underneath. I am pretty much sick of watching movies right now, and I’m missing my new friends from the land down under.
The trip to Australia was filled with workshops and meet-n-greets with the leather, kink and Master/slave communities. We met a cross-section of experiences, genders, orientations and approaches. Far more names and faces than I can possibly remember, but the overall impression I was left is that none of us are so different.
We have different words, different approaches, different experiences and expectations, but whether we’re in the UK, Canada, across the US or even now on the other side of the world, we’re all asking similar questions and looking for similar things – validation of who we are, expression of our kinky/erotic selves and the hope that we’re not so alone or different or bad for wanting these things that we feel so deeply. And whether we’re in a MAsT chapter, a munch group, a leather house, a poly family or a long term committed monogamous relationship, we seek others like us to share and learn from.
The year is almost over for slave Angie and I. And we are left with that impression from traveling around… that we are not so different, and that we can do wonderful things together.
A lot of times, I get told that I don’t act like I am on the autistic spectrum. That’s good, because then I nailed the social interaction. What they don’t see is that I also have to take time off to decompress. After a particularly emotional, difficult moment last night, and a touch of home-sickness, the picture summarizes how I feel this morning. So I’m quietly sitting next to a sleeping slave Angie and letting my bucket empty.
As fast as it came, now it’s done… tomorrow, we fly out of Sydney to Melbourne. Looking forward to meeting our friends there, but sad as we really only scratched the bare surface of Sydney itself. What a gorgeous, beautiful city and surrounding area. We made it to the Blue Mountains and Manly Cove/Beach. We toured the Opera House and drove around the city. We met some wonderful folks in our workshops with the MAsT: Sydney chapter alongside the SLPF (Sydney Leather Pride Foundation) (I think that’s what the F stands for… )
If you’re in the Melbourne area this coming weekend, we have workshops on Friday evening and Saturday – info is on Fetlife with the MAsT: Melbourne group.
As for us, we’re hanging in there. A lot of touring and walking has us dead on our feet tonight. Had a lot of fun, but these crazy trips feel a bit like hanging on for dear life and enjoying the ride.
Here are a couple of pictures we’ve taken along the way.
Having an amazing wonderful time in Sydney! Meeting lots of great people, very well taken care of by the MAsT: Sydney folks. Not getting enough sleep, but may that means I’ll be able to sleep on the long flight back. Today (Sunday), we’re doing a number of presentations on M/s topics. Tomorrow is the Harbor and Opera house… and Tuesday is perhaps the Blue Mountains.
Here are some pictures of places in Sydney like the Harbor and the Queen Victoria Building.