Most of my life, I have moved often and with rabid excitement. As a child, my family moved every few years. I would be so excited about seeing the new place we were going to move, meeting new people, figuring out what was good and what was cool, and tasting all the fruits it had to offer. Once I got married and began venturing out in the world as an adult, I continued to move with ever more frequency. I lived up North, down South, and even in the middle. I traded freezing cold snow storms for blazing sun then back to snow angels without a second thought. I bounced about learning all the ways people were the same and ways they were different. I often have described myself as a gypsy at heart.
In 2004, I moved to Texas. Since that time I have lived in the same neighborhood. I moved from an apartment to a rental house and then from the rental to my own house. In case you had not noticed, it has been 8 whole years. I have never been in one town or state that long before. I find myself rather dazed and confused by the notion that I have evidently settled down. I traded my gypsy caravan for a farm house. Planted roots and grown.
Most of the time, this seems to suit me well. Prior to moving here, I would grow tired of my surroundings, get itchy for the change and bustle of a move. I would feel as though I needed to move to simply feel normal. Now I don’t feel that way. I love so much being in my Master’s house, watching my children grow, and building friendships that are much deeper than any I’ve ever had before. I am happy, content, and vibrantly fulfilled…except for…that damn road.
The road on occasion calls to me. I long to see places I have never been. Explore new terrain, new faces, and new cultures. I love the whoosh of trees whizzing by on a long highway. I adore sitting with my face plastered to an airplane’s window as I fly over unknown territory. Over a year ago I noticed that when I had time to daydream, I would daydream about “What would I do if I won millions of dollars in the lottery?” Always my fantasy would turn to travel.
I know it is cheesy to evoke the words of Willie Nelson to set the tone for a piece of writing. It seems sort of lame in a way. Drawing on the poetic and campy beloved song “On the Road Again” sounds trite. Simple and to the point Willie gives his song images and feelings we all can connect with. Friends, gypsies, music, and love-good stuff really. Going places that we have never been, there is an allure in that. For me, it is a lusty allure.
Master is a watchful sort. He doesn’t jump on an idea without letting it simmer. He listened to my rambling and chattering and over time seemed to come to a conclusion. His girl needed a little road time. We had presented here and there over the years at local kinky events. He wanted to focus more energy on teaching and presenting. He saw things in the leather community that he respected and wanted to support. And there was that girl of his daydreaming about being on the road again.
Ultimately after much thought and consultation with fabulous mentors, he decided we would run for our regional M/s title in 2013. He set me to the task of submitting proposals outside of our Austin area. Sure enough, invitations began to come in. We traveled to Phoenix, AZ and presented at the Southwest Leather Conference in January. Oh how I pasted myself to the airplane window! During the whole weekend, I drank in the views, people, sounds, and teaching. We attended South Plains Leather Fest in Dallas and while closer to home, I still felt that passion for adventure aroused.
In the coming months we are scheduled to present at Tribal Fire in Oklahoma, Northern Exposure in Alaska, and Great Lakes Leather Alliance in Indianapolis. We are also attending Northwest Leather Fest in San Jose and the Master slave Conference in Washington DC. I am buzzing with anticipation. Traveling is like a fetish for me, I am giddy just thinking about it. Teaching and learning from all the wonderful and varied folks we will meet is joyful. Seeing the places they play, live, and work will be exhilarating. I am so excited. On the road again, making music with my friends. For me, at Master’s side, nothing could be a better life.
Thank you to Master for seeing in me my heart’s desire and finding space in his life goals to bring them to reality.