As I have now had some time to recover from Miss Kansas week, the thought of "what now" is looming over me. It is now time to find a job and figure out my next steps in my life. Because I am no longer working for the title of Miss Kansas, there are a few things I can do now. Yes, I would like to cut my hair, I've changed my social media accounts, etc. Not because I am throwing away my title of Miss Kingman County, not at all. I am so proud to still be representing Kingman County and I am still booking appearances. But there's a change now. That position no longer has an opening and it's time to be proud of being Krystian.
A main concern to me is continuing my work with the Be Unstoppable Campaign. I didn't create it to disappear if I didn't get a new crown. As far as I'm concerned, there are still 56.7 million people who need a voice. I'm brainstorming and networking in order to figure out my next move. But that got me thinking.....why doesn't everyone have a platform?
Why are platforms known as a "pageant thing"?
When I tell people I am Miss Kingman County, the most common question in return was "what is your platform?". Now this question was great, because it is exactly what I want to talk about. I suppose I could tell you about my evening gown, my workout schedule, the song I will sing for talent, but what I really wanted to talk about was my platform. My platform was the reason I was in the running for Miss Kansas. When asked to do a local this year, my response was "can I just really promote my platform and not worry about being Miss Kansas?". It wasn't until later that I decided I could be Miss Kansas. That's how it should be. What if we asked everyone we came in contact with about their platform? What if it was the norm to have something we were all passionate about, something that drove us to action? Honestly we all probably have something that we are passionate about....but do we do something about it? If you were asked what your platform is, would you have an immediate response?
The most influential and successful people I have met or followed have had a platform and you know what? None of them were in a pageant system. Many of them are activists, public speakers, missionaries, etc. Even then, you don't have to have a career in that field just to care about something and take some sort of action. I do not plan on competing in the Miss Kansas system again. I feel that perhaps it is time to move on to other things and not let a crown be a definition of success. I know I have a true platform, one that I can do many things with regardless of a shiny object placed on my head. I have nothing against the Miss America Organization, I simply want to focus on my platform.
To the girls competing in locals this next year...I encourage you to have a platform. Not a platform so that you can compete, a platform developed before you even signed up for the pageant. Figure out what makes you angry, what inspires you, what you want to change in the world, make a platform statement for yourself, and then do something about it. Find somewhere to serve before you think about getting a crown for it. Be passionate about that thing before anything else. You might not get that crown. They may not ask about your platform. You may feel like the other categories of competition put you out of the running because that platform was your only focus. But you know what? At least you did something. You're someone who made a difference. You're a woman who impacted others and showed what is supposed to be the true heart of the organization. Never apologize for that.
People forget my title all the time, none of them have ever forgotten what I did and what I am passionate about. I am so proud to be the "girl who loves people with disabilities", the "Be Unstoppable Campaign founder", the "Miss Unstoppable Coordinator", "Fish", "my old rec staff". Those are the titles I am the most proud to be.
To all my readers,
Make a platform.