So I haven't written in a long while, and I am profoundly feeling the impact of neglecting my creative outlet. This winter was hard. It was cold and long, and I felt the distance of being away from my partner while I was teaching in the North.
I still love my job; I still love all of the opportunities it has given me and the interactions with the community in Fort Chipewyan has been a gift unlike any other. However, I am struggling. The distance was hard; being away from supports was hard, finding my routines, my place was difficult. I had some interactions in Fort Chipewyan that made me question my sense of safety and how well things have gone. So, that portion of my life continues to be a work in progress.
The spring has brought new energy and promise. It has also carried an election campaign that has filled my social media with rhetoric, hate and homophobia. That's all I am going to say on that at this point.
I am also adapting to life without a dog. Losing Oscar at the end of October has been a change that has impacted every aspect of my life, I miss his companionship, his face, the walks, and most of all the constant joy he provided.
However, joy has come in another form. My engagement with J has been incredible. The love of a partner is the most active dynamic form of love that I have experienced. Love is a living, breathing bond that is growing and evolving every day. We are both experiencing a partnership that feels like we can do anything, succeed in a variety of ways that may not have been possible in the past.
Good things are coming.