This week was incredibly cathartic, emotional, rewarding, and life changing to say the very least. We had our second week of basic training at the gym with Jackie and it was extremely tough. Stacy had a fantastic breathing episode, which I found highly entertaining. I’ll admit I was worried at first, but twenty minutes later when she was shouting in the gym at the top of her lungs like Ethel Merman on closing night of Gypsy, I knew she would be fine (Yes, I made a Broadway reference – I’m a former show queen for god’s sake). Anyway, I am truly happy to see that Stacy’s degree in theatre is really paying off.
This week Jackie decided to pair us in groups of two to get to know each other and learn to lean on one another as a support system. I was paired with Kim who is slightly conservative and very religious. My initial fear was that Kim and I would get into a conversation about homosexuality, and it would turn deadly. I pictured her trying to dunk my head in holy water while shouting, “The power of Christ compels you,” over and over attempting to exorcise the devil out of me for my sinful lifestyle. Thankfully, that didn’t happen. Kim is actually amazing, and very open-minded. She is a fighter and a survivor. A true inspiration on so many levels and I was honored to have been paired up with her and get to know her on a more personal level.