By Kathleen Hickey

This week has been one of the most difficult, and challenging I've gone through. And if you knew what some of those other weeks looked like, you'd know that this was pretty bad. It seemed like one thing after another would come up, and I got to the point where I couldn't breathe. 

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and while some people are finishing up their shopping lists, and preparing their homes for guests, I'm wondering how I'll get through another empty night. So I decided to do what people do on Thanksgiving. I would make a list of the things I am thankful for. I took out a pad of paper, and I just stared at the blank sheet. There are many things that I'm of course thankful for. I don't live in a country in the middle of war. I won't go to bed hungry. I live in a nice neighborhood, and I have a great family and friends. But as I started to write those things down, it felt like checking off boxes I was supposed to check. 

So I sat alone, and closed my eyes, I took a deep breath, and thought about my life these past months I thought about the things that have truly made a difference in my life. I started Sex Love and Drones as a way to express myself, and put myself out there in a way I never have. I'm generally a very shy person. I wanted to do something that would force me to do things I've never done before, and to meet new people, and make my own memories. 

Since starting SLD, I have had the privilege of meeting  some amazing people. Some I've met in person, and some I know through Twitter,  Instagram, or texting. People from France, Ireland, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, and all over the United States. Some people have touched my life with a comment, or a simple gesture. Some have become an important part of my life. These poor folks have showed patience, and humor while I constantly inundate them with questions like:

  • What is that?
  • How did you do that?
  • How many batteries are you taking?
  • How did you break that?
  • What does that do?
  • What are you eating (the foodie in me). 
  • What is that again????

We've shared stories about life, family, adventures, and of course, drones. They have shared their passion, their wisdom, their vision, and their kindness with me, daily. They took the time to listen to me, when I thought no one cared about what I had to say. They encouraged me to do my best, and keep working, when I thought I could not fit one more piece of drone information in my mind. They listen to my bad drone jokes, and put up with my sailor mouth. They have inspired me with their work and passion. From photography, to racing, and education, they have made me want to be better, and to learn more. I don't know what tomorrow brings. I don't know what will make me smile or laugh again. I don't know what will bring a smile to my face, or how many more days I'll cry. I don't know what friendships will end, and which will begin, but I know I have a great community to lean into. 

You hear a lot about drones in the media. Well let me tell you a little about some of the people that fly them. They are some of the most open, caring, compassionate, and giving people I have ever met. They have made me laugh, and smile, and have helped me to believe in myself again. They have literally saved me. I am proud and honored to to have them as friends....and yes...THANKFUL. 

I hope you all know who you are. Thank You, from the bottom of my heart. Happy Thanksgiving.