I think one of the challenges in Leather is to actually stay in a Leather mindset, even when life is against you.
Of course, "real life" (I've never understood that, this *is* my real life) always comes first. But for me Leather is deeply entrenched in the same part of my mind that martial arts used to (and still does to a certain extend) occupy.
You can't turn that off. In regards to martial arts, Sensei used to say "Karate is not a sport; karate is a way of life."
This is of course utterly true and I feel the same thing applies to Leather. Yes, Leather is who you fuck and how you fuck them. But it's also a way of life, a way of seeing the world.
Sometimes that can get a little lost, and we need to take a deep breath and remember where we come from.
I've been very stressed and have been hiding from the world a little in the last few weeks. I feel that time is coming to an end now, however, and I can come out into the sunlight again.
There are things that need my attention; holidays are all well and good but one must come home eventually.