Tonight is the season finale of #OnceUponATime. While the show will be continuing on, it will be wildly different than the show we've known before.
Someone on Twitter had suggested that I cosplay Emma Swan. I already watched the show, and I loved the character. Like other characters I tend to be drawn to, she had the "me vs. the world" attitude that I loved, and the struggle of accepting others into her life. It's not something I do easily myself, and I relate to that.
The first time I ever cosplayed Emma was the first weekend I met one of my best girls, Miss @adria.renee, who I had already met through Instagram because of our mutual love of Agent Carter. We had met the day before in our Peggy gear, and as it turned out, she was cosplaying Cruella the following Sunday.
That day we cosplayed OUAT together also brought the serendipitous meeting of Cathy (@kozmickitten) . She came (almost literally) flying at us in her faery Gabrielle costume to get a photo with us because she was such a big Once fan.
I've said this before, but because of my social anxiety, I'm not the easiest person to get to know. Things were made worse by other things happening in my life. It took a long time before I finally accepted an invitation to hang out.
Since then, Cathy has become one of my dearest friends who has done everything from listen to me vent to bring me food. She's always quick to reach out when I'm feeling down, even when I want to crawl inside myself and hide in my hobbit hole.
Through Cathy, I also met @sfclingenpeel and @maleriemcd, and we've had fun little cosplay adventures.
I also met @theraestew that day I cosplayed Emma.
It's easy to roll our eyes at TV shows. And even I sometimes get cynical at cosplay. But, every once in a while, I find myself so very grateful for the the genuine friends that have blossomed out of these fictional places. ✨❤️✨ Photo originally posted April 2015.