I have to admit it; I am completely enamored and biased by people from Wyoming. Specifically Cheyenne, Wyoming.
I was born there; raised there, excited to leave there, and reluctant to come back.
I’ve said it once and I will say it again; I think I came from a really special “breeding ground.” It gave us everything other than what we wanted, and we made do with what we had.
I stepped outside my FB echo chamber today, to check out my Cheyenne Friends List. I set this up almost ten years ago, as a new offering on the FB platform.
See it automatically set up a “Cheyenne, Wy” friend group, but it was purely based on the people who listed Cheyenne as their current home town. At that point I created my own list including people I have known over the 18 years of growing up, and then adding people I met living there, from real life and online interactions.
Some of my favorite people from my past, exist on that list. I root for them the hardest. I believe in them the most. They rarely disappoint.
By this point in my life, I thought I would be the type of person that would be “followed” or “friended” for this specific type of list but somewhere down the line I really stopped giving a fuck and I am sure people have noticed and unfollowed or unfriended me along the way.
I am no longer the over achieving-personality pleasing person I thought I was. I am not jumping large social hurdles, or even putting up much appearance at all. I am okay with that because it leaves me time and energy to root on other people. It gives me something outside of myself to “believe in.”
Personally, I feel pretty solid in the fact that I have to keep myself in balance enough to the point that I can’t really rely on others for supplemental encouragement or energy; nor do I want to be an energetic vampire. So we sit in stasis.
I will admit I know some amazing people who continue to exist with amounts of personal drive that I have a hard time fathoming, but probably could have trumped in my earlier years.
These people are from my home town. These are people I want to follow. People I knew, “once upon a time.”
I want to see how they thrive and fall. I want to be there to encourage them no matter what.
But I feel this way about other people who have fallen in and out of my periphery since then. I never want to see them hurt. I do not want to contribute to their pain. I believe in them and their purpose.
Perhaps it is just those old stories, of when we were young and lacking confidence and suddenly found ourselves falling into a new group of friends, or perhaps it is just that rubbernecking attitude like watching a car wreck on the highway; I will never leave on a purposefully mean note. I may not agree with everything they say, but I feel that they represent me on some level, whether due to geography of once upon a time or some other relating factor, I believe deeply in who those people are and what they have to offer.
I love my Wyoming Kin. I love having a list to check up on, when I am curious.
I say : Go dominate the world with the amazingness that you are my fellow Wyomites. Always ask Wy-Om-In(g) here? Wy-Om-I- (will)ngly to stay or go? You know the Wind will always blow you in the right direction, if you are listening.
Wyoming- sometimes you aggravate the shit out of me, but for some reason, I always have your back; the people you produce and spit into the vast space of time and separation are worth keeping and holding close. I will remember this when you forget.
Wyoming you are more akin to the dandelion than you are the Indian Paintbrush… unless of course they are plant cousins, and then I can see the relation and purpose in distinction.
Here is a bowl-full of love for the vast, beautiful creativity that was able to dissipate outside the square we were living in. I hope to see your beautiful faces, sooner than later.
In the meantime, we will still be here waiting for you to return with your wild seeds, ready and willing to plant a new and colorful generation.