As part of my last pre-transplant hurrahs, I was able to attend the Steel Stacks Improv Festival this weekend to see my bestie & a few other friends perform. In addition, I also saw many great groups from the region. Some I had seen from the prior year’s festival. Some were a few of my Del Close Marathon favorites. Some were teams I had made a point to see because there are people in them who have been a big part of my improv journey & learning. Others were new. It’s a nice mix.
So, I’m taking a personal risk here because I want to be sure someone reaches their goal. Many of you have heard me talk about what a wonderful gift & fun hobby improv has been to me since a friend encouraged me to learn it a few years ago. I love watching others perform as much as I enjoy performing.
Even after I started oxygen in April, so many people in my own improv community have been so supportive & encouraged me to keep going as I can. My machines & tubing are virtually invisible to my team & my friends. I’m fortunate in that regard, that they make it an inclusive & warm community locally.
So many people I’ve known from workshops I’ve taken over time, people who have taught or coached me, friends, other people I’ve met, & performers I’ve admired have all offered their support once they found out I needed a lung transplant. But that’s not what I’m posting about today. Continue reading
Well, I accomplished my goal yesterday. I finished something I had never undertaken before, a novel. At 50,000 words it’s probably more like a novella, but it’s the basis of something good. I do know that.
Today, I managed to accomplish a few things, but not what I wanted. I felt OK this morning but had an energy dip today later along with some residual stomach stuff that’s been going around. However, I was still proud of myself of being able to work with a low energy equation. But sometimes, you get extra energy just by being. (Other people can also transmit a boost).
I know many post-transplant friends have told me that the experience changes you, but I had no idea how until recently. Not all the changes are painful; all are meaningful… Continue reading
I’ve always enjoyed comedy, but I’m a fairly serious person. In fact, sometimes I can be downright anal when it comes to certain elements in my life. But people sometimes will laugh at things I say & do because I find humor in things that others don’t. It’s sometimes off-beat, corny, dry & snarky. But it’s always been (to some degree) a defense mechanism.