This weekend, while I was standing watching the Pride Parade, I had a few moments where I was overcome with sadness. It confused me more than you can imagine. As I stood there, surrounded by everyone having fun, seeing people be their authentic self without hesitation, I had moments where I was on the verge of tears, hiding behind my sunglasses. I tried to take a smile and cheer them on, but it felt really, really fake. Seriously, there were puppies with tutu’s on in front of me, and I had to fake a smile. I’ve never felt that. As the weekend went on, I was able to reflect on what was going on in my head. You see, while I felt so proud of everyone for being who they are, it made me wonder about the other 364 days or the other 51 weeks of the year. What is stopping this energy and vibe from being a year-long thing? And I had a tough time as I thought about how not everyone is able to express themselves and be their authentic self all the time. It made me sad, but at the same time, helped me reflect on how fortunate I am.
I am fortunate to be healthy both physically and mentally. I have the ability to put one foot in front of the other and move. I have the ability to get myself out of bed in the morning and to put a smile on my face, even if I’m faking my way through it.
I am fortunate to live in Edmonton, where I can get up and run at 6am. If my parents never chose to leave South Africa and raise my family here, being active would look very different for me.
I am fortunate to have a job that doesn’t start at 6am which allows me to go to NP.
I am fortunate to have a community of people that I can count on to show up no matter what.
I’m fortunate to have a welcoming tribe that accepts me for who I am. Really, the only thing we ask is that you’re a good person (and if you aren’t, we’ll probably let you have one of our free lifetime memberships anyways).
This list goes on and on, but let’s get to the point. You see, whether or not you are as fortunate as me, I know that I’m able to make the choice. I am able to make the choice on if I want to show up or not (technically as a leader, I don’t really have a choice). Yes, it may be raining and windy. Yes, it may be -40 out and very dark. But I that’s my choice to make and I’m grateful for that.
If you’re able to read this, there’s a good chance that there are a number of things in your life that have gone your way. And while there may be things that haven’t gone your way, take some time to think about everything that has allowed you to make a choice. Think about what has allowed you to be able to even read this blog.
What choices are you making?
Enough of my random thoughts. Let’s get down to the guest bounce recap. I’m not going to rate it or even give a recap actually. But, I think it’s fair to say it is the best guest bounce we’ve had so far.
- Yearbook Photos: June 27 – Theme is “OUT OF THIS WORLD”
- Old 96er dates: July 4 and August 29
November Project Canada’s 5th Birthday Bash!
- July 11 – If you’re able to contribute in some way to our carnival theme, please let us know!
Find the Good,
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