Woke Up With a Bang

How did I change? How did I go from a city dwelling honor roll student to dropping out, moving to the country, and living a life enthralled with horses?

My life’s alarm clock went off  September 13th, 2006. I was studying Social Services at Dawson College in Montreal, listening to presentations that uncharacteristically went over time into our lunch hour. This literally saved my life. A school shooting was in progress as we were leaving our classroom heading to the Atrium where the ricochet of shots were blowing holes in the walls and people. My classmates and I were sent back to hide under the desks in a dark room for the next 45 minutes until we were escorted out of the building by police.

I am grateful for this experience. Grateful we were part of the lucky ones to be physically unharmed. Grateful my friends and family were also able to walk away, and not be rushed to the hospital or sitting in a morgue. Most of all, I am grateful for the lesson this day gave me: life is short, live it.

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Sunrise on my farm. 

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25 Replies to “Woke Up With a Bang”

  1. I am so grateful that our paths crossed in AZ. I look forward to the adventure into mindfulness, awareness and peace that you embrace and share so gracefully. You are a brave and powerful soul….can’t wait to read more!

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  2. Greetings;) Congrats on your new blog! It is a quite an intriguing first post. I’m really looking forward to that next chapter as well;) All the best to you!

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  3. Welcome to the blogosphere. I’ve been thinking about Wendell Berry in the last few days, and his oft-described farm in Kentucky. Loved your sunrise photo and, as a fellow photographer and poet, look forward to reading / seeing more. Happy writing 🙂

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