Traveling is the medicine that cures many of the pains of being known for working in the adult industry! Blending in with the hustle and bustle in airports and large cities is a priceless feeling. Once again I become unknown and get treated as a normal person rather than an object who makes others happy. All that glitters is not gold, but only the few who have experienced the sky as the limit know this to be true.
During my travels to Vegas, Houston, and Oregon, in the past month, I have met many different people from all walks of life. Sometimes the most unexpected people come baring the best surprises. When I travel I always meet people without even trying. These are the people who normally impact my life in the most positive ways. My family describes my communication skills as having the gift of gab and never meeting a stranger. Which is true, I have the ability to talk to anyone. Perhaps more so when I travel, because I am not caught up in my worries of the stigmas and stereotypes of what I do for a living. Coming from small town Oregon, close minded people are everywhere in my reality and I have adapted by becoming overly selective of who I interact with. When I travel I leave this adaption at home. Blending in is a priceless feeling, at times!
Airport days are something that take patience and experience to adjust to, but they are worth the adventures. I always meet interesting people at airports. I do not dress up to travel and I rarely start a conversation with someone, but I also do not dim my shine to not make others more comfortable with their mundane lives. I am free, truly free to be me without apologizes. I have worked hard just as the other people in airports have worked to earn the freedom of traveling. Freedoms are rarely free, but are more valued by people who have worked to obtain them.
On my way back to Vegas from visiting Houston, I had to change airplanes in Sfo. Which I do not mind, because I love the vegan soup in the Sfo airport. This is one of the perks of being an experienced traveler, I know where the little things are that make me happy and smile.
While eating my soup and waiting at the gate for my flight, which was delayed, a man sat down next to me. We started talking about our flight to Vegas and if we should try to get another connection so we would not be stuck in Sfo for the night. He was going to meet his family in Vegas for a short vacation and I was going to my home away from home in the desert. We chitchatted and he impressed me with how he did not treat me differently when I explained I write for the adult industry and strip to finance my writing. I gave him my blog address and boarded the plane before him, relieved that we were not stuck in an airport for the night.
We arrived in Vegas later then scheduled and it was after midnight. Once again, I was surprised by the man who sat next to me in Sfo. He informed me that he had read a bit of my blog while he was waiting to board the airplane. I had not looked up anything to fact check his story, but let’s call him Mr. NFL. As we made our way to the wrong terminal to pick up our luggage, I asked where he was staying with his family and I offered him a ride to his hotel, because I had car service waiting and the strip was on my way home. I was intrigued by his ability to treat me as a real person. When people show kindness I like to mirror it back. I am still just a small town girl at heart that believes in connecting with and helping people.
In the car, Mr. NFL told me about his football career and more about his wife and children. It was amazing to be able to connect and relate to someone who has achieved greatness! Not everyday do I meet someone who has two Super Bowl rings or someone who has even been to a Super Bowl, let alone played in it Twice and won. Meeting people who have experienced the sky is the limit and the sacrifices it takes to live in a limitless reality is always a priceless experience. Especially, when I meet them in comfortable clothes and flip flops with my favorite vegan soup from Sfo in hand!
Mr. NFL introduced me to his wife when I dropped him off at his hotel and we had exchanged contact information. His daughter is doing a research paper on the “exotic industry” for college(Crazy right?). He had asked if it would be acceptable if he passed along my phone number so she could ask me a few questions relating to the industry. After taking part in a research project on sugar babies based out of the UK the week prior, I was ready and willing to answer more questions to clear up people’s misconceptions about my life and the labels they use to describe it and me. Part of my purpose and ripple effect is to educate people worldwide on my lifestyle that is on the road less traveled.
Funny how we meet the people that help us fulfill our purpose in life without trying. This is my reality when I travel and I would not give up this reality for the world. Mr. NFL gets a 5 star rating, because he is kind hearted, loves his family, created his own success, and was still down to earth enough to talk to and treat me like a real/normal person.
So, yes I did an interview with a college student after meeting her father in Sfo. Traveling is amazing and opens the world to more possibilities, even when I am not looking for them.