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It's been a gradual realization that I need to ask for what I want out of life. Sometimes that means "being the change I want to see," which I've also embraced, and sometimes it means just simply that, asking.

In the past, I've let things get in the way. I've worried over what other people might think, and imagined that asking shows weakness.

But you know what, I'm done with that.

For example, as a single in the SCA, I've recently asked on my barony's social group, if people are interested in carpooling to various events. In the past, I'd have worried that people would look down on me for that, think that I was begging for a ride, or think that I was being pathetic. That's not it. It's as simple as recognizing that if I'm going to travel, I'd rather do that in the company of another person. It makes the travel part of the experience, it cuts down on expenses (one car burning gas instead of two), it makes meal time more enjoyable, and it reduces the chance of fatigue-related accidents (I've been fortunate so far, but have had some near misses, because I misjudged my own ability to drive when tired).

And being able to reframe this means that I'm not as concerned if no one responds. It doesn't change my plans to go to the event, and I view it more as "their loss" rather than a failing in me.

Also as a single, I've recently become more active in the SCA Singles community. Because who's going to change my circle of friends if not me? No one, that's who. I have started planning some singles activities for local events. Because that's an area that's not, in my opinion, very well served at the moment. It doesn't fall under any current officer's jurisdiction, and I don't pretend that it falls under mine (MOAS), but as a single, I'm owning the "be the change" attitude. I don't know that there needs to be an office for "Singles Herding," but I do feel that if one were to be created, it should be held by a single. Because those in committed relationships have a different view of what the SCA is, and what offerings are out there.

So I asked, on the barony's email list, rather than the monthly business meeting (which I usually can't attend due to work conflicts) if anyone minded if I held a small "Singles Scavenger Hunt" at our upcoming event (I'm already running the A&S Competition, but that should be fairly straightforward). Which would consist of a sheet of paper with prompts, inviting those who participate to go out and collect signatures of other singles that are described by the prompts. Easy peasy, and a great icebreaker. Another single on the SCA Singles FB group mentioned that they'd seen it done at an event, and I thought it sounded like a lot of fun. I've participated in similar, in other contexts.

I got no response from members of the barony, until I asked a friend if she'd seen the email (thinking perhaps there'd been a glitch and it didn't post). She had seen it, and we discussed the bureaucratic process of it (that I should likely have brought it up at a meeting, or directed it specifically to our autocrat/seneschal). Perhaps I should have. But it's out there, and I'll likely run it, as a small "test run," for whoever shows up, and then revamp it for future events. Because I think we need better ways of getting singles to meet one another.

One of the great things that has happened, with me becoming more active on the SCA Singles group, is that I've "met" a few people from nearby baronies, and we'll meet for real sometime soon at an event. Yay more friends! Because meeting other singles isn't just about dating. It's about widening your circles.

So, to wrap up: if you want something, ask for it. Be your own advocate. You deserve to be happy, and who knows better than you what will make you happy?  Don't demand it, but ask, and take steps to make it happen.
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Lately, it seems I've been writing a lot on what I think the SCA is, or should be. Several posts have been on G+, and I'm thinking of aggregating them here.

Not that I'm an expert on all things SCA, far from it. But I have been playing since '95, so it's not just a passing fancy, either.

Much of what I've written boils down to respect. Here's a sampling of my view:
  • Everyone was new at some point. There's no reason to treat someone poorly because they have a lack of knowledge. You too had a lack of knowledge, so don't get haughty.
    • There may only be one official chatelaine for each group, but each of us should be friendly and welcoming to new people.

  • The SCA is an educational society.
    • Teaching others is an excellent way to learn a subject more intimately.
    • Teaching is not about ego.
    • Teaching is a learned skill. Having knowledge does not a teacher make. Sometimes a person (A) with less knowledge in a particular subject is a better teacher than a person (B) who has more knowledge in that subject, because A is better able to break down the process into easy steps.
    • If you attend a class about which you have some knowledge, remember to treat every person in the class with respect. You may not agree with everything they have to say, and you may have references to back up your position, but there are ways to discuss things without being rude. And it is never okay to take over someone else's class. If you have issue with their methods, sources, etc., speak with them after class. Or better yet, teach your own class, with your own sources.

Dance!

Jan. 27th, 2008 09:15 pm
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Yesterday we attended "Midwinter's Revel," an event hosted by Lochmere (Lothian, MD). There was a fun bag game, in which people got bags full of trinkets, and traded for items they liked, w/o knowing the values of the items until the end of the game. There was feasting throughout the day, not really by the schedule provided, but quite tasty. The room was pretty crowded, so I pretty much stayed put in my seat at the table, because, after staying up way too late (first @ [profile] dexlira's gamenight, then getting stuff ready for the event - I crashed out around 3am) & getting up early, I was tired and after awhile developed a headache (that eventually went away with Excedrin & Diet Coke - we drove to a nearby gas station & were amused by the men tripping over themselves to open doors for us).

After all the feasting, and court, there was DANCING!!!

We danced Black Allemande, Gathering Peascods, Rufty Tufty, Black Nag, a simple pavanne (my least favorite type), and, more importantly, found out that our neighbor to the east (Barony of Storvik) hosts dance practice Monday nights (8-10pm), alongside their weekly fighter practice! So [profile] kimbyrle and I are going, whee!!!

I'm still trying to encourage Roxbury Mill people to come out Wednesday nights, but haven't had much success yet.

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