In Cambridge I preferred to remain at home as much as possible because I felt far more energized inside, online or in my forest than I did when I was out.
In Montreal I actually gain energy from being out in the city and I genuinely prefer to be out rather than in! Going out even trumps my computer time most times which I can't even believe (you know me).
I don't like being at home more than I need to be unless I feel super inspired to work online or transform my home. Otherwise, I'm at my beloved park or exploring a new (to me) part of Montreal.
There's so much life in this city and I want to be part of every bit of it that I can while I'm here to enjoy it! And especially while the weather is gorgeous and while I have my afternoons, evenings and weekends free.
Also, I never liked festivals until I came here because the vibes never felt right. The Mural Festival going on right now is the bee's knees though and I had the time of my life there on Saturday night.
I didn't like humans much until I came here, either. Year by year I became more and more closed off to those outside of my immediate circle (for good reason) but I feel very free and open here and very welcoming of all the people I meet.
I still don't like the French language and probably never will, but I do love learning new things and I especially love how I'm improving.
The pulse of this city makes me feel so alive. I relied on myself for that in Cambridge and now I have an external generator that I can tap into on any day of the week.
I don't even have to go beyond our building to get my fix. I can sit right in front of our place on the bench and watch the busy street and all the doggies with their humans and get filled up just knowing I'm where the action is.
I love being where the action is.
I never thought I would, but I do.
(Art by Clément Goebels)