I'm back from my hiatus, so please excuse the lack of updates.
Long story short, I've considered hanging up the G-strings and the costumes for good soon. I may be taking on a new job that will require more of my time this summer. If that happens, I can no longer strip. That's not a bad thing, really, because the new job would pay more.
Furthermore, I'm turning thirty-five this year. While many of my customers assume that I'm in my 20's, I definitely feel like I'm in my 30's. I'm starting to get various joint and ligament pains, and have to warm-up and stretch extensively to avoid injuries. The wear and tear from both the gym and my strip shows have also done a number on my knee. I can no longer squat heavy without pain, and hoisting up heavier girls is a thing of the past. Now I can see why many professional athletes retire in their 30's and 40's.
When I began stripping in 2003 at the age of twenty-one, I had never imagined I'd be in the industry this long. I thought that it was just a brief stint in college, but I always returned to it even when I started working professional jobs. I tried quitting, but agents always called me again because they could find no other steady replacement in my area. How could I turn down easy money like that? Stripping was always something that I could do on the weekends in secret to earn that extra buck, not to mention, give me opportunities to meet and party with beautiful women.
This job has changed me for the better, I believe. It has boosted my confidence and sense of well-being. It has also made me wiser with social interactions, considering the dynamic social nature of the job. Stripping also introduced me to various threesomes, interesting girlfriends, and lucrative job offers over the years. I've stripped in mansions, dingy hotel rooms, beach condos, trailers, Hollywood movie sets, restaurants, clubs, and even on the beach in broad daylight.
Thirteen years is a long time for a job, and I feel my motivation for working these parties is not as strong as it once was. I still love the job, but it will soon be time for me to move on.
If I was given a choice to go back in time and do it all over again, I definitely would! However, I'm glad that I developed various professional work skills and didn't get trapped into solely working in the stripping industry. As I'm getting older, I'm still looking forward to what else lies on the horizon.
Until I get my new job, I'll keep stripping on the side a little while longer. It has been a good run so far.