I have done some major things this year. One my favorite things that I did was take a big trip.
I haven’t taken a vacation in about three years. Something usually comes up and I let my fear/paranoia keep me in my corner. And so this year, I decided to attend DragonCon. I made the solid decision to purchase the ticket to the convention, I bought the plane ticket, I purchased shorts because it was super hot in Atlanta and I put my time in at my job so I could leave. And then I left.
I am so grateful for that vacation. I was nervous right until I got on the plane but it all worked out. Everything worked out with that trip. I got to meet people I’ve never been face to face with before.
I attended a panel that featured Mary McDonnell and I got to see some really good cosplay. I went to what felt like the smallest gay club in Atlanta where a drag queen jumped from the bar and landed in a split. It was the type of event you only see on television. Also I ate a doughnut that was topped with caramel and real bacon. I got to see neighborhoods in Atlanta, experience the hills of Atlanta and see that people are angry drivers in Atlanta.
It was also a lesson for me. I was able to leave and come back and everything was okay. Things will be okay. The world didn’t fall to zombies. I didn’t come back to piles of mess. I wasn’t in debt due to leaving. I packed enough clothes and I was on time for both flights. It is completely okay to relax, and unclench my fist.
I will remember this lesson when planning future trips and vacations because there will be future trips and vacations. Most importantly, I will strive to remember this when I am freaking out at 2 am over something that I can’t do anything about until at least 9 am. I will strive to remember that life has the astounding ability to be okay.