Apparently the last time I posted here was in June. It's now October. That's a hell of a long wait. Sorry about that.
I'm not really sure how to write about what I want to write about today. (It's positive, so don't worry, if you're an anxious person!) It's something I'm still in the process of going through, but it's also something I don't really know how to describe.
To put it a little strangely, I feel like I am gestating in preparation for a rebirth.
I entered the kink scene the moment I turned 18. I'm now 31 - so that's 13 years that have passed between then and now. And particularly noteworthy in those years has been the last two or three years, where I have been somewhat absent from the scene due to a whole bunch of reasons. And now I am slowly returning - not at full strength, just gently. And oh - when I have returned, the incredible joy I feel about being with my people again is intense and wonderful. But something is still not sitting quite right.
Things change. People change. 13 years is a long time, and in particular, people always change a lot from their late teens until their 30s. There is also a particular comic (this one, here) that I find particularly relevant to times like this, although right now I am thinking about it less in terms of "being great at something" and more just in terms of the cycles and periods of our lives that we go through.
I am at a stage, kink and Leather wise as well as generally life wise, where I feel that I am closing one chapter and moving to the next one. I can't... really put a label on what those chapters are. I don't feel, for example, that I am changing radically in my interests, nor am I switching or flipping from D to s, or anything like that. So that also makes this hard to write about - I don't have a clear cut way to express this change. It is entirely an internal change, one mostly of feeling.
But I feel different. I feel like I am leaving one life behind and a new one is starting. There's no trigger for this specifically; no relationship change (my dear boy and I are as happy together as ever), no interest shift, nothing like that.
But this is a transitional time. I just can't fully express what I am transitioning between.
The other day, I tied up my boy at home. It felt odd. The rope didn't feel right. The energy wasn't right. That rope belonged in my old life, it doesn't quite fit in the new one. To get a little spiritual, the rope knows that it's time with me has passed. It is not the right rope any more. The energy is all wrong.
I've been meaning to replace my rope kit anyway, and now, having had this experience - I know that it's not just a preference; I need to replace my rope kit if I want to continue tying. Because I need the right rope, with the right energy, and the rope I have had for so many years is no longer the right rope. It has served me so well, it has been so dearly loved, and it will continue to hold a place of honour and love in my belongings - there's no way I could give it away or anything like that. But its time as an extension of me has passed, and it is time to move on.
What a strange thing to feel, over a bunch of twisted fibers. And yet here we are.
And it's not just the rope - I am going through my own emotional struggles at the moment, well, I call them struggles but perhaps it is more accurate to call them journeys, as wanky as that sounds. I am trying to heal a tremendous amount of trauma, and to figure out who and what I am once those traumas will no longer hold me. This is a transition. Old ways of coping, old ways of feeling, thinking, living, are no longer right. They were not wrong before - they kept me alive, they kept me as well as I could be. But they are no longer serving me and it is time to grow beyond them.
I say I feel like I am gestating because I don't feel like I am going through the actual rebirth yet. I am still in the process. I am still in the middle of it all. I don't feel like I am being reborn - I feel that I'm preparing to be reborn.
I don't really know how to end this post. I don't have answers yet, I'm still finding them.
But I feel optimistic overall, I think. Whatever I am growing into, I look forward to it. I look forward to healing, and whatever awaits me both when I get there, and the path along the way.