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Secretly happy

I confess that the lousy weather we’ve had lately is perfect for me. Everyone around me is complaining but I’m not, because this year I’ve not wanted to go out anyway. I miss my partner so much that going out just makes me miss him even more. All the places I love are the places we went together, even the back yard. Some day I know it’s going to get easier, but that day’s not here yet. So as far as I’m concerned, it can keep on raining.

It's a bit weird but....

I kind of feel like the rest of the world has finally come around to my way of thinking. I've been agoraphobic for a couple of years now. I developed a full-on social phobia because I kept getting injured by other people's carelessness - having things dropped on my head, being bashed in the face by people's backpacks on buses, etc. The "treatment" was to go out more and let other people get close to me. Ha! Maybe I'm getting the last laugh. Other people ARE hazardous to my health...

On social distance protocol

During this pandemic, I had gotten used to being the one that either stepped off the sidewalk to create space or cross the street entirely to maintain social distancing protocol. But this month, people have finally started to do the same for me, and i must admit it feels great! They would always be walking with this dispirited expression and it wouldn't matter if they stepped off the sidewalk or cross the street. I would just stare at them until I was certain we had eye contact. Where I would then proceed to thank them seemingly out of the blue; since this has never occurred for me when I did the same for other pedestrians. And guess what? Upon hearing those 2 simple words, these people would totally light up. They knew I recognized and acknowledged their efforts and the change in their body language was profound. So, I'm gonna continue to do the same whenever the situation arises cause you all turn into cuties! Keep trudging along in these trying times!

THE POSITIVES OF LOCKDOWN

Traffic has gone;fuel is affordable;bills extended;kids are at home with their families;parents are home taking care of their kids;fast food replaced by home cooked meals;hectic schedules replaced by naps, rest,and relaxation;the air seems cleaner;the world quieter;people are more conscious about hygiene and health; money doesnt make the world go round anymore;doctors and nurses are being praised and recognized instead of celebrities and we now have time, finally, to stop and smell the roses, and dont forget to look up at the stars....OUR NEW WORLD IS QUITE AMAZING. Author unknown-submitted by jjames

Canadian government and high school

I think there is a parallel between the two. We were afraid of the people in authority, had to listen to them, but would act up and test their power a lot of the time. I think the Canadian government is about as powerful as our high school administrators (teachers, principle, etc.). **yawn**

Frost Bite

I’m curled up on the couch with a fur blanket, slippers, 2 sweaters and the heat on. Welcome to summer in Vancouver.

Good riddance

I just officially gave up on a passion project side hustle that I have been working on for 7 years. Despite the fact that I wanted to do it, was passionate about it, and though it was a great idea, the market clearly thought otherwise. I never made more than about $200 in a month. Today, I officially gave up and deleted my website and other pages. You'd think I should be sad and disappointed, but I actually feel free and liberated. I am glad I tried it, but I need to focus my energy on things that actually make money. Good riddance!

Why are we acting like it's gone?

People, why are we acting like it's gone? it is still around, trust me. Yet every time I go out, it seems like less people are wearing masks, probably much less than 20% of us are masking up. And nobody seems to be socially distancing anymore, every time I go to the store or even when I walk my little Dog, it is a constant struggle to keep any distance. When I went to a store yesterday I had 3 different people come at me in complete disregard for my space at the same time. They corner you, one coming at you one way and one coming at you from the other. And none of them were wearing masks. This pandemic is not over. It is still bubbling under, and the disaster taking place south of the border could happen here too if we don' t remain vigilant and disciplined about taking care of ourselves and others. Don't make the sacrifices of the last few months useless. Put your damn mask on.

Drowning

I was laid off in the winter and then gave up everything in my life in Vancouver for employment in a different city where people don't speak English. Lockdown happened the week after I found an apartment and I have been feeling the effects of isolation ever since. Because all I do is work and the job has me demoralized, there's not much happiness in my life. I do t really know what to do because there's no going back now. Only forward.

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