Skyscraper of the Plains

RTX was more than “just a convention”

It was more than “Just an experience.” 

It was something I needed. 

Not just because I needed to get out of the house, or needed a break from homelife, no, I needed to see a new perspective.

I live in the north central part of Wisconsin. Now, I don’t know if you know this, but Wisconsin is made of tiny little towns. I was born in a city with a population of a little over 8,000 people, and and only currently living in a “city” of 22,000 people. 

We drove from Wisconsin to Texas. I had never been on a real road trip before. I had never driven more than an hour at a time before. I had never seen homeless people on the streets. I never had pho noodles. I never saw a Sonic before, but I sure as hell had seen commercials for them. I never saw the sun rise and fall and not sleep in between. I never had been in any other state besides Upper Michigan and “Florida” (which really means Disney world, and I don’t think that counts tbh.) 

I had never seen Skyscrapers before. I had never seen plains that roll on for miles and miles. I had never seen a wind farm before. I’d never seen rows and rows of Corn. 

I never saw interesting and fascinating people walking the streets. I’d never been in a city where you CAN’T see the stars at night. 

I got to see real artists for the first time at RTX. I got to see people I only had dreams of seeing before, and I don’t mean the people from RT, I’m talking about people like ejraptor and sexyslowmotrash. I was recognized for my art, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS NOTHING MORE THAN A SKETCH.

I was recognized by someone who I had never spoken to before, and you don’t understand just how validating that felt. Like all this time I’ve been talking into this blue site, for it to finally feel REAL.

I realized for the first time that I’ve been living in a very, very limited bubble. That there is so much to the world. And to cross it all from north to south (and vice versa) in 24 hours makes it all seem so much more reachable than I had ever realized. 

I’m a 22 year old woman, and I’d never experienced life before.

So this experience, was something I needed. More than I ever could have known before setting out.