Back home from Dragoncon 2013 and I’m going through the typical post-con depression when I noticed some friends talking about getting their badges for next year now. However when I was finishing up the weekend in Atlanta I had just had a discussion about going ahead and skipping the next year.
All this got me thinking, why do I need this weekend? All year, I think about what an amazing time I’ve had before, and how much fun it will be the next time around, but why?
Every year I feel like I miss about 10 percent or more of the people I intend to see. And every year I have more and more friends, so that 10 percent becomes a larger and larger number.
First of all I want to experiment, if I don’t have that one weekend a year from now to plan towards, would I be more likely to make the time to see these people? I think so.
Then there’s the obvious, absence makes the heart grow fonder. If I skip a year, 2 years from this past weekend I “SHOULD” have the time of my life!
Finally, it almost guarantees I can afford and make the time for Star Wars Celebration in April 2015. Star Wars costuming and fandom community means so much to me, everyone I’ve met in it, or met as a result of it are like family to me, and I love every moment with them. A visit to California would bring me closer to some I’ve only seen once or twice in my life. So I want to look forward to that.
But why do I need these events in the first place, why do I need to be surrounded by 30,000+ friends. Because it’s just that, friends. Perfect strangers are never strangers when you have something in common, be it costume building, Star Wars, 80’s cartoon nostalgia, there’s always something to find common ground on. Don’t get me wrong, it’s never perfect, but it sure is damn near perfect.
In 2013 I look forward to “normal” size cons, parties, movie nights, and general get togethers. In 2015 I’ll look forward to absolute insanity again, and I can’t wait! In the meantime, I’ll enjoy my corners of social media to bring the wide world of geekdom a little closer in my mind.
And thank you Dragoncon 2013 for being so awesome, you have inspired me creatively, emotionally, and healthfully. I really needed this after the rest of the year so far.
He-Man and She-ra Photos by Mandy Hughes, Charal and Necromonger by Anna Rossmann.