For the past few days, I've felt the need to post. I've just wanted to get some of these summery, shimmery thoughts on to the keyboard before they evaporate into the sweet, pollen-filled air of the Capital.
I took the above photo outside of the house of a very good, long time friend in the midst of a strange storm that never really happened. We stood outside of his townhouse in greasy Vanier, watched the clouds, drank a few hoppy ales and bbq'd some molasses-rubbed chicken and talked about life. It's these times that allow you the insight to step back from yourself and ask the questions that matter.
These days are ripping by with locomotive speed. The light lasts longer but somehow, if it's even possible, the days seem shorter. I'm playing a lot of sports. I'm playing music. I'm writing. I'm working odd jobs. I'm staying afloat. I'm delivering papers. I'm getting more and more back to myself. I'm staying busy. I'm doing the things that I think I should be doing.
When I keep the train on the tracks, and don't let myself get worried about the future, there is an ease about everything. I remember my grandma Betty and my grandpa George - both from different sides of the family, but both key contributors to my character and current mindspace. And I remember that all the worrying in the world never seemed to matter to either of them. They took each day for the gift that it was, and enveloped the beauty of each trial and each kindness. Although it may seem nomadic and gypsy-esque to many, I'm trying to travel through the scope of each day and just let myself be fully there: "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
I've met some mind-blowingly unique people in my life and recently, I've found some lightning connections. I can't imagine an isolated life. I need community. I think I am at my best when I am interacting and conversing with new and old friends, and asking questions.
Whoever you are, and wherever you read this from, I can only hope that you are getting back to you in the best possible way.
I'm going to try and stop by here more often.