Captain’s Log. Star Date 93197.23
Today, I finally finished my paper couture gown and traipsed around the London Underground in my designer outfit. Not only did I wear the paper creation in public, but I matched it with a waist-length platinum blonde cosplay wig. The looks I got were…interesting, to say the least. But that’s part of GiShWheS, right? To make a fool of yourself and not care who sees? (Twitter agrees with me.)
I’m currently working with my flat/teammate on a comic strip to honour the mascots of GIshWHeS, and if you’d asked me two weeks ago if I’d ever create my own comic, my answer would’ve been “oh hell no, I draw stick figures.” Well, you could’ve also asked me if I’d ever leave the house wearing only paper, melt marshmallow buildings in front of historic buildings, flip off Rick Santorum while kissing a woman, or vacuum the lawn and I’d probably have laughed at your face. Hugging strangers? Absolutely not.
This week, I’ve hugged people I’d never met before, and out of all the things I have accomplished this week so far, that’s the one I’m most proud of because it required me to truly step outside my comfort zone.
This is my second year Gishing, but I’m still learning things for the first time from this experience: GishWheS will test you. It will ask you to do insane, crazy things, but it’s ultimately up to you to tear down the walls you’ve built and allow yourself to have the most abnosome time, to destroy normalcy and do good things for the world.
And, let’s face it, we all probably also do it because Misha.
In addition to all the good deeds and kindness that is spread by GishwHeS annually, this is what it’s all about, right? Breaking down the walls you’ve created around yourself and letting yourself live a little. For me, living the Gisher life requires me to face the wall of an anxiety disorder that I like to pretend that I don’t have. I have faced it, and I have overcome it. This GIShWhes has made me face my some of my fears and realise that sometimes I need to remind myself to “Always Keep Fighting.” And to make some new friends, give out some kindness, and have a friggin amazing time while I do it.
Also, winning a trip to Costa Rica wouldn’t be half-bad either. I could do with some chifrijo.
May Chuck continue to bless all the Gishers this week. Three more days.
-Mutineer Collectress, co-captain of Team Mutiny in the Impala