Many people who don't know me or Paige very well, comment on happy I must be that I'll soon be living closer to my girl.
But the thing is, physical proximity plays no part in the depth and beauty of our connection, nor does distance dilute it. If anything, being around one another for too long leads us to fight like sisters and who needs that?
We actually do much better when there is a lot of space between us. The calls and the messages and the rare visits have always been plenty. We haven't needed anything more than that.
Our relationship is not strong because of time spent together, it's strong because we connect so well intellectually and support one another so well emotionally.
We are bonded by heart, soul and mind. Not by location. We couldn't wait for more distance between us!
For many years I was counting down until the day she'd move out, and she was doing the same. Not because we don't love each other, but because we are so similar and our happy place is away from those mingling in our physical space.
We've always been solitary creatures - more at home in our own minds than as the focus of someone else's life.
And now that we've had the beautiful and blissful pleasure of living solo with just kitties as roommates over the past year or so, as if we want to give that up and return to cohabitation once again - and in a much smaller space to boot!
Neither of us are looking forward to living together to be quite honest, but we are family and we're willing to suck it up temporarily because we love each other and it's the best option available right now.
I'm not moving to Montreal to be closer to my girl. I'm moving to Montreal because of my current limited situation here in Cambridge, and I'd rather live with my girl than with a friend until I get myself and my life sorted once I move out of my home of so many years.
I'd also rather give a new city a whirl in case it proves to be the next great adventure in Mandyland, so Montreal it is.
So here's to loving one another so much that we'll endure our version of hell in the hopes that I'll find even greater joy, abundance, opportunities and love on the other side.
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Paige: You better not eat all my food without permission like you used to.
Me: You mean like how you used my makeup, jewelry and clothes without permission?
Paige: Never mind.
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