Fighting The Never-ending Battle With Con Drop
If you’ve been to a convention of any type, then you’ve probably heard of the infamous “con drop”. That cruddy feeling that comes along when you’ve come down from an event and, through either emotional shifts or that cold you got cause you weren’t taking care of yourself, feel like absolute shit. Usually, fighting con drop is a difficult thing. And after an event like Shibaricon, the largest rope event in the country, I’m pretty much wasted. But this time, I had a little help.
When we got home from the event, I could feel the sadness already hitting me. I had just gotten to see so many of my favorite people, and it would be another year before I saw most of them again. But the thing that connects us is our love of rope, and how we all share that passion amongst each other. Not too long before the event, my friend Hammer gifted me with a lot of his hemp. He had fallen in love with jute, and didn’t want it to not be used. I love hemp, so I was glad to give it a home. Another person who is quite fond of hemp rope is Kytten. It’s her favorite, and she is a sweetheart to tolerate my jute when we have to tie. But we both had a day off and I thought I could battle this drop with a little rope time.
The mix of the rope given in friendship, the surrender of Kytten given out of love, and the new ring I got from the event worked like a balm to soothe a lot of my sad away. Remembering the people who I missed, and enjoying the person who was with me. The ties was slow, fun, and in the end, beautiful.
In the end, the true cure for con drop is not letting the past have too much of a hold on you. You need to enjoy memories for what they were, and not want them so much the present suffers. And sometimes making the present as memorable as that past can help. It was good to have friends there, both physically and in through rope, to make that easier… and better.