13. GRAVEYARD SPRINKLERS
There is nothing like being out by 6am on a weekend. There are things in the city that you can’t do at any other time. Like run through the sprinklers at a cemetery.
There’s a cemetery in my neighbourhood that I usually run to, and on the weekends they turn on the sprinklers. Running through sprinklers isn’t something you can always do as an adult. But every Saturday morning I can. And do. And throughly enjoy.
14. MY FRIEND BERNARD
When I was in middle school I read a quote that I loved by Bernard of Clairvaux. I had already developed a love for learning, but I decided then that I would base my entire pursuit of knowledge for the rest of my life on this one quote. I still remember it, and I still live by it. I feel this blog is an expression of that pursuit.
“There are those who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge: That is curiosity.
There are others who seek knowledge to be known by others: That is vanity.
There are those who seek knowledge in order to serve: That is love.”
15. LIVING AMONG THE DEAD
Cemeteries are special places for me, for reasons beyond the sprinklers. Everywhere I have lived, I have sought out a cemetery to run in. They’re quiet, well kept, and they remind me of life.
Visiting my mom’s grave at the cemetery growing up was the closest thing I got to going to a park. So I would climb trees and run around the graves and look for animals. I built some good memories.
Today it makes me think about how I want to live my life. I don’t want to ever be buried. I don’t want people to come to a specific location and be able to say, “Here she is.” I want to be everywhere, and nowhere. I’d like to be cremated and my ashes scattered, not kept. Running through a cemetery makes me feel alive.
16. TOE MASSAGES AND THE TTC
I have special spots in the city that I love. One of them is at a park called Christie Pitts right across from the subway (our TTC). There’s a spot there under a specific tree. If you stand quietly at that specific location in bare feet you can feel the train rumble the ground gently underneath your toes. It kind of tickles.
Time to get back to my presentation! I’d love to hear some of other people’s moments if you want to drop me a comment. Someone asked me recently, “How are you going to make today awesome??” I think that’s a good way to live.