After too long away, I'm finally stepping back into the local scene.
I find myself remembering, viscerally, how much I felt at home in the scene. When I sort of took a break from it it wasn't a voluntary thing; my health went bad and my mother died and I just did not have the time to think about kink. But now my life is stabilizing again, and I find myself able to get back into it - and it's all rushing back like a flood.
Last night I finally got out to an event that's been running for a year and I hadn't gotten to yet. It's run by some beautiful people I'm already somewhat familiar with, and when I got there I was greeted so warmly by so many people. Eyes widened and smiles broke out, and "I haven't seen you in too long!" was a common phrase.
Never have I felt so at home.
I love kink. I love Leather. And I love the kink and Leather communities. I love that even though I've been gone for quite some time (almost two years I think?) I was welcomed back in so quickly and so easily. It was a familial reunion. So many beautiful people with their beautiful hearts, embracing themselves and each other. So much love for ourselves and our people.
I'm waxing a little poetic, I know, but that's honestly because it's a poetic thing. To feel at home is something all humans strive for; we all want to belong, we all want to be beloved. To feel that is always an extremely powerful thing.
It's good to be back.