Post-Surgery Injury Log

Post-Surgery Injury Log

Prior to 2021, I had never broken a bone. But earlier this year, I made up for lost time by sustaining all sorts of fractures all over my body. The surgeries to correct those fractures took place while I was unconscious, and most bone breakage has since healed. However, I’d thought I’d chronicle some of…

Happy Birthday, Mom

Happy Birthday, Mom

My Mom has always been a compassionate gardener. She had a garden in our backyard when I was little. In her spare time, she would toil away, fostering the growth of chives, oregano, thyme, and more. What I didn’t know at the time was that my Mom had another garden: Us, her three sons. Like…

COVID-19: One Week Post-Vaccination

COVID-19: One Week Post-Vaccination

A week ago, medical personnel herded me onto a systematized medical floor and into a small stall. There, I sat in a neat row amongst other fellow residents of my city. And one by one, we were each inoculated like cattle. It was my second dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. So, in a few weeks,…

Happy Father’s Day 2021, Dad

Happy Father’s Day 2021, Dad

There’s a difference between a good Dad and a cool Dad, and the two are often mutually exclusive. But I’m lucky to have one that’s both. Even from a young age, I knew I had a good Dad. He was supportive, nurturing, attentive: Everything a loving Dad should be. But beyond bringing me into this…

Suicide is a Human Right

Suicide is a Human Right

After I attempted to take my life, I spent five long weeks in the hospital, eagerly awaiting my return home. Eventually, I was discharged by the hospital’s mental health facility. But I wasn’t quite free. Instead, I was released on “Extended Leave” under British Columbia’s Mental Health Act. This act gives the government the authority…

I Almost Died, Because I Wanted To

I Almost Died, Because I Wanted To

The morning of March 29th, 2021, was unlike all others. Rather than waking with the intention to live my life, I planned to end it. I had grown weary of existence. I hated the pursuit and management of capitalist resources. I hated the abundance of ceaseless errands and chores. I hated the obligation to comprehend…

One Year in Quarantine

One Year in Quarantine

Do you remember we were standing here a year ago? Our minds were racing and time went slow If there was trouble in the world we didn’t know If we had a care, it didn’t show But now I worry our horizon’s bear nothing new ‘Cause I get this feeling and maybe you get it,…

Finding Time for Personal Projects

Finding Time for Personal Projects

People with full-time jobs are often compelled to work on side projects outside of their regular work schedules. These side projects might be “side hustles,” pivots to other professions, or creative projects with no immediate expectation of profit. But entangled in the pursuit of these projects lies a dilemma: with limited recreational time, how much…

Car Detailing is Therapeutic

Car Detailing is Therapeutic

It’s been nearly a year since COVID-19 hitched a ride on humanity’s air travel infrastructure and blew its viral load across the globe. And I’ll admit: even as a practiced introvert, spending this much time at home is starting to get old. Thankfully, I’ve managed to shake things up with a new outdoor, social-distance-compliant hobby:…