Be Someone’s Reason

I woke up this  morning thinking how lucky I am.

That’s not a bad way to start the day.

10 hours ago I was dancing up a storm and twerking (or trying to) with gay men at a house party. My hips are sore – a testament to how lousy I was at it and how hard I tried to master it. I never did get the hang of it, but boy, did I ever laugh while trying.

I know I sang my heart out because my voice is hoarse and a good octave lower than normal.

Yesterday, I hung out with friends while watching the Pride parade. I ate good food and drank beer made specifically for the event by a local brewery. I watched people march and laugh and dance and feel free to be themselves—which should be a given, but it’s actually a very precious thing. That freedom is something a lot of people take for granted and something that many people don’t have the privilege of knowing.

I drank champagne with my best guy pal on a rooftop patio and looked out over a beautiful city that I am so happy to call home. I couldn’t possibly count all of my blessings. Realizing that humbled me.

I woke up knowing that I am privileged to have people who care for me; who have my back; who are as happy to have me in their lives as I am to have them in mine; people who I can call on when I feel the nipping at my heels by whatever (metaphorical) monster decides to do battle with me that day or that week.

I know I have people to reassure me that things will be okay. I know I can crater into someone’s safety net if I need to. Just knowing that is the most valuable thing in the world.

We all need a safety net at some point. We all need to know someone’s got our back…so, be that someone.

Be there for a friend in need. Be the reason they wake up in the morning feeling lucky and thankful.

And know that it’s no trouble. You are not a bother. Friends will always be there for you, no matter how bad a dancer you are, or how heavy you think your load is.

Be someone’s reason that they wake up grateful…even if it’s just for waking up.

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Author: Twyla Campbell

World-wide wanderer, CBC Edmonton AM Restaurant Reviewer, Member of Edmonton’s Slow Food convivium, oenophile, epicurean explorer and a freelance writer whose works have appeared in several magazines and newspapers including More, Above & Beyond, Avenue (Edmonton), Up Here, Northern Flyer, Opulence, City Palate, the Edible Prairie Journal, The Edmonton Journal, Slow Food Canada, Lifestyle Alberta, and on Slow Food Edmonton’s website. Grant MacEwan University (Professional Writing Program) Bachelor of Applied Communications Degree (in progress). I’m a Tweeter @wanderwoman10

2 thoughts on “Be Someone’s Reason

  1. A bow to you for these words, Twyla. I, too, love Edmonton. One of my life’s best decisions to move here so many years ago and make this place a home of my heart, make family of my choosing.

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