Hello nearest and queerest! Welcome to the Friday Open Thread, Autostraddle’s weekly virtual campfire where we gather ’round and talk about our lives, celebrate our achievements, bemoan our government’s ineptitude, and reach toward our dreams. It’s been yet another bananas week and I’m exhausted. I imagine you are, too; c’mon in and sit down!
This week I went to a concert with my dad, which is something we did often in my youth (because he’s a Cool Dad) but happens less frequently now that I no longer live in the same city as my parents. They’re still a short train ride/interminable freeway drive away, though, and so on Monday I hopped aboard the Metrolink and joined him to see Sigur Rós. I usually don’t care about watching a bunch of white guys do anything, but turns out this was the exception because holy moly. It was less of a standard concert and more of a sound-bath-meets-light-show, and I feel forever soothed. Plus I was home by 11:30, which suits my old lady constitution just fine.
Upon further reflection, I realized I’ve been resuming a lot of childhood activities recently: going to concerts, playing video games, reading books for hours, spending time outdoors. I’m even re-teaching myself to play basketball (of the wheelchair variety this time)! Maybe it’s a political horror show coping device, maybe it’s in preparation for my imminent ~*~*Saturn Return*~*~, but regardless, I’m into it. It’s been helpful to reconnect with a time before anxiety became my order of the day. I loved doing this stuff as a kid, and turns out I still do. Related: I’ve also started shopping in the boys’ department of Gap Kids again and I’ve never looked better.
Has anyone else been going through an inner child renaissance recently? If you haven’t tried it yet, take this as your invitation! And what have you gotten up to this week? Concerts? Movies? New crushes? Big professional steps forward? Have you been/are you going to a Seder? My girlfriend is hosting one on Sunday and I’m excited.
In closing, a much-needed reminder from the elevator at my therapist’s office:
Whatever’s coming up, we’ve got you, and you’ve got this.
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