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Posted by jilara on 2013.08.08 at 00:53
I could hope that this makes an impression on the right people, but I don't know.
It's funny, one of the things I put into place before I suspected peerage might be discussed with regard to myself was making sure trusted friends would speak up that I wouldn't take it. It's all because I take vows very seriously, and I didn't see continued extreme self-sacrifice to the SCA as a life path. As a greater officer of state, I had to deal with some very extreme and distressing things, and the years were already starting to wear on me. At the same time, I saw too many people who only regarded the peerage as a social club to advance their coolness factor. I wasn't always popular, maybe because I actually had to say "I'm sorry, your Majesty, but even you aren't allowed to park in the fire lane," and similar things. I've seen people whimper "don't recognize her, she's meean!"
I served in many capacities, over around twenty years, and still garnered a bunch of awards, but would have appreciated a simple thank-you more than any award.
A lot of the hardest workers and most most generous and accomplished never make it to the peerage, displaced by social climbers who know the right moves. I salute them, as well as all those who take peerage seriously. I wish there were more of them.

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