I don't write in here very much anymore. I haven't been journalling as much in my paper journal, either. Life is just going along. I guess I don't have much to say. I have random thoughts about becoming an adult, but I haven't formulated them into a piece of writing, yet. I started at one point, but I was comparing how I felt about things 5-10 years ago, and I couldn't help but feel like a sellout and a disappointment to myself, and I know that's not true, things have just changed. So I put that piece of writing aside and I haven't put any more on paper about it yet. But, it's weird, y'know?
I do want to write about the Chicago Zine Fest last weekend. I went on a bit of a last-minute whim, when Emilja told me I should come, because it would be awesome, and we hadn't seen each other since she moved out of Grand Rapids...three years ago? So, I went by myself, and I'm so glad I did. It was nice to travel on my own again, I've always enjoyed doing that. I even made a friend in my hostel! The zine readings were great, the zine exhibition itself was great. I saw people I hadn't seen in a long time, people I've known for years through the mail and zines but had never met in person, people I just met! I had so many great conversations with people. And it's funny how so many people know each other! The zine community really is a community. And I feel so glad to be a part of it. I really did feel a part of it, I really connected to people. It was very comforting to be around people who just...get me, get where I'm coming from. It is a stark contrast from this life I'm living up here, in small town, u.s.a., living among strangers, living the life of a professional educator. It really felt like I came home. It was fantastic.
And I got dinner with one of my cousins while I was there. He's from North Carolina, I have met him...twice? The last time I saw him was...15 years ago? I thought it was going to be awkward and weird, but it was really great! He's a nice guy, I had a lot of fun having dinner and chatting with him. It was nice to talk to someone about my family, about my grandparents, and have them know exactly what I mean, and be trying to overcome the same family traits that I am.
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