It’s Sunday morning as I write this, and I’m thankful for the respite this day is giving me. See, my past couple of days have been preoccupying and just a little bit eventful.
- There’s the work week, of course; I’m trying to keep busy with work during my current work assignment and hoping it’ll last as long as I hope it will, if not a little bit longer.
- Immediately after work on Friday night, I dolled myself up and attended a trans-oriented performance event (more on that in a subsequent post).
- Earlier in the day on Friday, the management company that cares for my apartment told me they’d finally start work repairing the ginormous hole that’s been in my living room ceiling for 4 months(!).
- And on Saturday afternoon, I played the part of dutiful son/brother/uncle and made the two-hour drive to my family’s Thanksgiving to-do. Yes, our family’s gotten to the point where we do our own individual things on the actual Thanksgiving day.
In between all of that, I knew there was another significant day coming for me. I knew, too, that it didn’t have to do with work or family or even dressing up. I just didn’t know, or more precisely didn’t remember, exactly which date it would occur. But a check of the dates on my past blog posts indicates that this very day, November 17, is the 5-year anniversary of my launching this very blog.
You’re wondering why I’m celebrating this anniversary by leading off with all those personal bullet points. Well, in our respective pursuits of what gives us personal joy, accomplishment, or whatever, sometimes life tends to intrude. So it has been with me not just this week but in the past 18 months: Losing one job. Serving in a temporary work assignment. Fulfilling another assignment. Car troubles. Apartment troubles. Commitments to friends, family, and my personal care. Writer’s block.
So while Real Life may intrude, at least I have a personal goal of hitting “Publish” on at least one post per week on here. Reaching that challenge, as basic as it may be sometimes, gives me as much immense personal satisfaction as posing for the camera and presenting myself to the real world. Mind you, synthesizing these stories and thoughts have not been easy; I still don’t consider myself a master in the art of communication. Still, however, when you read my thoughts, poems, reports, or whatever, know that I’m putting forward the best words I can.
What also gives me satisfaction about writing this blog is that it allows you to see me as more than just a pretty face in feminine clothing. Just as you’re more than how the rest of the world identifies you, I’m more than just a crossdresser. Yes, I’m a son, brother, uncle, dutiful worker, and proud member and defender of the LGBT+ community in general and the trans community in particular. Here’s hoping you appreciate the words I share just as much as you adore how I can rock a certain outfit or hair style.
So, what does the future hold for this little blog of mine? Obviously, I can’t exactly say what will come on here the next few days, let alone the next 12 months or 5 years. But it’s for sure I’ll continue to share my stories, poems, thoughts on this world, and whatever else may come to my mind. And, yes, photos; I know I just said I’m more than a pretty face, but sometimes some visual accompaniment is necessary. And when I mark this blog’s 6-year anniversary, I hope that you’ll continue to enjoy the person I am and the words I speak. Thanks for reading.