Say something

What’s worse: to not know what to say? Or to know exactly what you want to say, but unable to actually say it?

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22 lessons learned

Today is my 22nd birthday. This is a summation of some things that I learned over the past year

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Across a crowded room, I saw you

No one knew that there was one whole year where I had waited for you to open your eyes and realize that I was who you needed this entire time. No one knew that I had begged and prayed that you would realize that I was the love of your life… at 12 years old. 

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In you, I found home

Once, I found home in the strong arms of friends and lovers. When I called to them, their smile would light up the rooms within. As our bodies connected, I could feel myself become one with them, our heartbeats pounding in perfect sync. We were friends, we were lovers, we were home for each other.

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To be vulnerable

When you are vulnerable, that protective shield is gone, either by conscious choice or by virtue of the situation you find yourself in. This kind of exposure can be daunting, uncomfortable, and unsettling.

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My one year conversion anniversary!

I filled the void of feeling unloved with a number of extracurriculars, trying to win people’s approval. But despite my sense of accomplishment, my heart still felt empty. I felt as if my life had no purpose.

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Struggles, triumphs and the fate of Vancouver’s Chinatown: A reflection

In light of the recent City of Vancouver proposal to make Vancouver’s Chinatown a UNESCO World Heritage Site, I wanted to share a piece that I wrote for a class on the current state of Chinatown and the need for action to take place with regards to heritage preservation. This comes especially after the recent […]

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