Monday, September 13, 2010

Bittersweet Symphony

Just in case you haven't been paying attention. Yes, you in the back who fell asleep while I was gone, it is now time to wake up and pay attention.

SCC has always been an interesting time for me, both years.

Granted, as I mentioned last week, I wasn't planning on attending this one.

It ended up being the best thing I could have done for myself.

I really didn't even do much with the conference officially other then the dinner Saturday night.

I spent more time socializing and enjoying the company of old friends. Not to mention I was hardly at the hotel.

The best part was not only the old friends that I was so happy to see and spend time with Kathy, Gina, Joann, Kristin, and Lauren. There were the wonderful new friends that I got to meet. The other Kelly, Brittney (love this girl) and of course finally meeting Laura and her spouse, since those two have come to mean so much more to me.

More then the previous two years I have learned that I am totally not alone anymore. That I have friend who like me for who I am and that I thoroughly enjoy spending time with.

Some of them were incredible hard to say goodbye to.

I even got a chance to meet my voice coach in person as all my session have been done via video conferencing.

In the end I am more than glad I spent the money and went. It truly amazes me how much being there still changes my world.

The only down side is the realization of how much I was already missing everyone as I was leaving. I, at least, had Brittney to accompany me on the trip to the airport. Still it was very hard to send her off to her gate.

It just bothers me that some of my favorite people have to live so far from me. It would be so much better if I could at least have the ability to spend with some of these people more often.

It is what it is, wonderful and sad all at the same time.

I just know that my life is better for having met them and now consider them important friends.

Hopefully we will be able to see each other again next year as I miss them all terribly right now. 


Melissa said...

Surely there must be some equally wonderful trans women in your own locality. We are everywhere. You shouldn't have to go all the way to Atlanta to socialize with like minded friends. Still, I'm happy to hear you had a great time at SCC.

Melissa XX

Kelli Bennett said...

Melissa you would think so, but I find it so hard to find like minded trans women.

Still it seems to me I find it an issue that a lot of them aren't transitioning or confused about if they will or not. I have moved pasted that. While I am more then happy to talk to them and share my experiences and thought I just don't seem to bond with them.

The people I mentioned are those that while trans, and though we talk about being trans we more often talk about other things and just have fun.

Laura Bennett said...

Hello Beautiful Princess Kelli!

You are an amazing person and I am SO glad we finally got to meet. You are a beautiful person inside and out and you throw great parties in your Princess suite! If only all your followers could see you in all your regal goodness!

I luv u bunches and I wish we did live closer but it gives us a reason to get out of our own personal worlds and visit another together!


Kelli Bennett said...

My goodness I cannot believe that nickname is going to stick. All because the hotel offered me a free room upgrade.

Even though I still miss you terribly. I was a wreck after I got to my room Friday night because I knew you weren't going to be around on Saturday.

I miss everyone but I miss you most of all.