a year

I don’t have a long list of things I learned this past year, I just want to document the happiness that has kept me warm the past 12 months. I have been so unbelievably happy lately, and it came out of nowhere. The bad days barely phase me, when I have this many good days banked. I don’t even know what to say. With 2016 being fuelled by sadness, and the year before by anxiety, 2017 being the year of joy was a pleasure.

If the last year was about going it alone, this one was undoubtably about being around people I love. Hey, hell may be other people, but I think heaven may be other people as well. I have so many lovely humans in my life and I can’t thank them enough for the time we’ve spent together, be it a few months or a few minutes.

Looking through the notes on my phone and the entries in my journal, it’s clear how much of an impact other people had on me in 2017 – from my first vegan friends, a major road trip, reconnecting with old pals, staring at the stars with my coworkers, countless campfires, strangers I met while hiking or travelling, and being geographically close to my family the majority of the year, to the people I just met last month and have already become attached to. I love people. I really thought I wanted to be alone, but I was just afraid of rejection, fancy that!

I just feel like I’m surrounded by so much love and positivity and I can’t help but smile about it. Ahhhhhhhhh. Seriously. And with this good feeling, I’ve had so much more energy to go out and do things with my life – in the summer I wrote in my journal that I’d been going outside so I wouldn’t feel sad, and because I was no longer sad, I actually wanted to go outside. What a wonderful cycle to be in.

Some notable things I did last year because I wasn’t MOPING:

  • Saw my favourite band in Phoenix, Seattle, and Toronto
  • Visited 3 provinces I’d never been to
  • Europe!!!
  • Tried a bit of kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, climbing, and rode on the back of a motorcycle
  • Ate a ton of good food, drank a lot of coffee
  • Countless day trips
  • Got some #sick tattoos and dyed my hair a bunch
  • Made a zine?
  • Didn’t sink into a deep deep void

So yeah, shouts out to my friends because I love y’all so damn much. And shouts out life for being so cool right now. Feeling this much positivity is very unlike me but I’m kind of digging it, sorry if it’s a BIT MUCH. I hope you’re feeling good, and like, happy new year.

Xo, Rachel

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