It's surprisingly hard to decide what to post, even though I know I can ramble on about our lads until
the cows come home, so I've decided to start out just by rambling on about our lads... *g*
It's a funny thing - I've read countless times that Pros
is a fandom that people hold closely to their hearts, the one that they come back to years later, because it's just so right
, and I can completely see that. Even so I would never have thought that... eep, seven!
- years later I would still be happily reading Pros stories, and re-watching the eps, and thinking about the lads, but here I am. Come to think of it, that might be the longest I've done anything
... okay, no, it's beaten out by my first teaching job, and by my first boyfriend/relationship - but actually it'll only take another year or so to change all that *g*. It's made me just as happy as both those things too (and, just occasionally, just as sad/frustrated/cross).
Mostly, though, B/D has
made me immensely happy, and in lots of unexpected ways! Not only is some of my favourite reading Pros
, for distraction and joy and comfort and love, but it set me off writing more properly than I had done for years
(ie, finishing things *g*). It's taken me to parts of London and England I might never have seen otherwise, for location spotting, to discover new shows and films I might never have watched, just because our lads are in them, and in the same light I've now been to gorgeous old theatres and seen shows I would probably never have heard
of if it hadn't been for Pros. I've read and researched and found out all sorts of things I would never have known, or thought to be interested in - far from narrowing it to a weird specialist interest, it's hugely broadened my "real life" world!
Perhaps best of all, it's made me wonderful and good friends, not just online but also friends that I meet up with "in real life" for chats, and visits and the entire happiness of knowing that you're sitting with people who, no matter how similar or different you otherwise might be, know the world in the same way that you do
. They're friends that I've met for coffee, or dinner, or been away with for gorgeous weekends, wandering the countryside, even camping, and for lush long weeks of holiday. I've discovered Aga cookers, glass-bottomed boats, stone circles and the Brighton Pavilion with them! Through one of those friends I've even taken on another job, so Pros has brought me work and is helping to pay my rent! *g* Hmmn, come to think of it, my world has stretched even further afield - I've met up with visiting friends from countries all over the world, I've gone Pros-hunting in Australia
with one of them, and I've gone to New Zealand
because of Pros, how amazing is that
? In fact how amazing is all of it really? *vbg*
I said I was going to ramble about our lads, and I've barely mentioned them - but I have, because Pros turned out to be so much more than just sexy lads doing sexy things (though it's definitely that too *g*). It turned out, for me, to be all the people who love them too, who share them by sending stories, and zines and vids, by posting about them, and chatting about them online and in "real life" and wanting to get together and chat about them even more
. It turned out to be wandering around an old English house with them, or watching penguins on a beach in Australia, wondering what would the lads have been like if they were here
- and going away and writing and reading and sharing those stories too.
I'm sure there are other fandoms where that sort of thing happens - but I'm ever so glad it happened to me with The Professionals
So that's me - my Pros
turned out to be not just some fun with fandom, but total B/D immersion. Pros
is my real life just as much as anything else is!
What about you - where does Pros sit in your world? A happy distraction, a reality-shift, or something in between?