Blaze-in’ The Trails is a play on a nickname I go by online: Blazewing Firebird. I respond to this name just as easily as I would my legal name, so if you happen to find me out and about, please feel free to use either Gina or Blazewing/Blaze.
Mark Twain once said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” For me, these are words to live by. I want to get out there, see what’s in the world and forget the small minded person I once was. I want to make something of myself and learn more about this tiny space I inhabit. When you consider the facts about who you are and how big you actually are in the grand scheme of things, everything else tends to fall away. You feel insignificant. You feel humbled.
For years, I’ve been plagued by this “wanderlust” that is nearly insatiable. I’ll get through with one trip and in almost no time at all, the yearnings to start another will spring right back up. Sometimes, it’s enough to drive me nuts, but the truth is that I’m not the only one. Lately, I’ve been joining groups on platforms like Facebook that are filled with people out there doing what I want to do. They have the same goal in life that I do. They leave the mundane behind in an effort to broaden their horizons and learn as much as they can, even if it’s not in the stereotypical culturally accepted fashion of a formal education. School is great and all, and while I’m enjoying it, I also realize that it’s not the only way to educate one’s self.
This is a huge step for me. I recently made the decision to leave the small me behind in an effort to grow. I scrapped the original blog that held this name, in all it’s disorganized fashion, in hopes of making a more professional image for myself, and this site is the result. It cost me hours of incessantly going over every little detail, back and forth, until I was happy with every insignificant detail. It allows me to show a side of myself that I never before thought possible.
This blog stands to help showcase what it’s like to travel as a genderqueer individual in a post-modern world. How will people react to me? How will I react to certain situations? Are there any tips, tricks and possible advice I can give to other travelers in order to help make traveling easier for them? I hope to explore all these questions and more as time goes on. I hope to grow the knowledge I have while exploring all the facets of humanity that I can in order to help pass on the knowledge I’ve gained to other people
Again, welcome to Blaze-in’ The Trails.
From here, I take a step into the unknown and truly begin to Blaze the Trails of Life.