Oy! To be forced offline by inclement weather knocking out the cables and lines that connect you to the world? It’s pretty crummy. Seriously. We’ve been off since Wednesday at about 2:00 in the afternoon. And, as of about 7:00 tonight? We’re back baby!
So… it may take me a few days to sort through the mess of email that came in before and during our offline period. And business emails are going to have to take priority, but I will get through it. For now though? How about a couple pictures of the perennials we picked up and planted earlier today?
We allowed our front and backyards to go to meadow. Neither one will grow grass (we had tried a few varieties in the first few years we lived here), so the last few years we’ve just allowed it to do as it pleases. Now my goal is meadow, but controlled meadow. We’ll keep the variety of plants that cropped up naturally – the ones that some would call weeds – but also include some pretty patches of things that catch our eye. Who knows what will take, and what will die off… but it will be fun along the way. 🙂
Ahhh… it feels good to be reconnected!
One of the very best things you can do for yourself is to build community. Having a “family by choice” will provide you with the supports we all need and don’t always get after coming out to our family by blood. Even in those instances where your family is fabulous and supportive, it always helps to have a community of people who really understand what you are going through and who have either been there, or are currently right with you.
The internet is an amazing resource when it comes to finding a sense of community. These days, even individuals with severe, life-limiting anxiety disorders can still find others and build camaraderie. We can find a global community, always ready and waiting thanks to things like email lists, online forums, and FB groups. But I do encourage you to also seek out local individuals, because there are times when we all need to reach out and actually FEEL another person whom we can trust and know will be there for us.
Here in Saskatoon I can’t recommend the ACC any more highly than I already do. They run a number of excellent programs for individuals of almost every age range in almost every situation. You can find them online at http://avenuecommunitycenter.ca/. PFLAG is also another amazing resource, and there are branches all over North America. Check them out at http://www.pflagcanada.ca/ and http://pflag.org/. For those of you in high school, talk to your guidance counselor to find out if there is a GSA you can join. And for more information on resources in your neck of the woods, check out http://www.gaystraightalliance.org/ which includes a directory that is world wide.
There is no reason to feel you have to go it alone. You aren’t alone. Far from it! No matter how you identify, even if you aren’t sure how exactly you fit into the whole spectrum, you can be sure there are others out there just like you. And now you’ve got some tools to help you find them.