After mentioning the Rufus Wainwright concert I attended in June a few days ago, I spent this evening watching him perform in Montreal. It was gorgeous and moving and I walked home in freshly fallen snow, snuggled in my gigantic parka, feeling many Feelings and thinking about how much I love Montreal, my life here. Despite – actually, even because of! – these big, swirly snowstorms. But more than that too.
Today’s prompt is apt then:
Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?
Before leaving for Greece, it occurred to me that it might be strange to live in a place where I didn”t know many people. Andrew and I would be there together, of course, and I did have some friends and family, but would I feel isolated? And even if it was only a few months, would it affect any of my friendships in Canada? I wasn’t too worried about it, though, and as it turned out, I had no reason to be.
It’s not so much that I “discovered” this community in 2010, but I’ve been realizing more and more as I get older how much I treasure and value the solid relationships I have in my life. In Greece, in Canada, my little network of friends. I think of late nights in Athens having those conversations that start off completely innocuously and then suddenly it’s after midnight and you’re talking about the meaning of life and no one knows, but it’s fun to hypothesize. And I think of my life here in Montreal, my girlfriends I can count on for anything from writing support to drinking buddies to the occasional light grey nail polish. I think of points in between and feel warm and fuzzy.
Excuse my sappiness, but it’s after midnight on a work night. Allow me my sentimentality.
In 2011, in addition to nurturing the community of friends I’ve mentioned above (which I hope means more excuses for dinner dates, day trips, long distance phone calls, maybe letters?), I’d like to reconnect more with folks online. I’ve been a little one-sided these days, I think. I’ll work on it.