I’m breaking up with you.
You are a beautiful city and it has been a privilege to live in you for the past 5 years, however sadly our love affair is drawing to a close.
When I was 17 years old you seduced me with your bright lights, diverse population and delicious food.
I was mesmerized by your beautiful little bilingual campus – it echoed of home while I had the world at my doorstep.
This little campus, tucked away in the Northern part of the city has been my home base for the past 5 years.
Glendon provided me a safe haven to let my rainbow flag fly and become the person I am today.
It introduced me to some of my best friends and some beautiful people who have fallen out of my life as the years have gone by.
Glendon’s students elected me time and time again for various positions and entrusted me with the opportunity to travel across the city and province to represent them.
Glendon’s employers hired me which allowed me to be fed and gave me the opportunity to share my love for this pretty little campus.
Oh Glendon, I’ve also loved you dearly.
However, our long time together is coming to an end. I’ve changed and you haven’t.
It’s come to a point where we just want different things in life.
I am sad. We have really great memories together.
I will always remember hanging out in the park behind the AGO on lazy summer afternoons.
And turning 19 and celebrating it in the village.
Hanging out at my friends’ houses at College and Bathurst.
Late night street meat and shawarma.
Sushi… pizza… real Italian food…!
Staying up all night for Nuit Blanche.
Heading down to hang out in front of the ACC to watch the Leafs play their final game of the playoffs with a bunch of Glendonites and 2000 other fans.
Then there are hundreds of events which I don’t have pictures of:
– riding the TTC at ungodly hours
– going to the AGO
– PATIOS ❤
– seeing movies at the TIFF Bell lightbox
– playing Cards Against Humanity at Snakes and Lattes
– nights out in the village
– going to Starbucks (those are actually pretty rare outside of Toronto)
– spending Canada Day on the beach
– the Distillery District
– checking out HotDocs
– treks out to Etobicoke
– walking around Little Italy
– strolling around Kensington
– taking my little brother to the Army Surplus store…
I love you and I would not trade my experience of living in this city for anything.
It was an excellent place to come of age and discover myself.
You gave me opportunities that were unique only to you and I’m proud to have lived in the largest city in Canada.
No matter where I go next, your cityscape has been inscribed in my memory.
I started off not even knowing how to pay for the bus and now I’m comfortable heading anywhere in the city. It was quite the learning curve, but now I feel comfortable using public transit anywhere in the world.
Toronto you have shown me a lot of love over the past 5 years and its not you, its me.
I’m homesick for quiet nights, I miss bonfires and the silence of a small town.
I miss the fresh air.
I’m weary of the TTC.
I’m fed up with your mayor.
And most importantly, I’m ready for some new adventures.
Toronto, I will always love you – I’m just no longer *in love* with you.
With all of my love,