As I crutched my way in to work this morning (an experience where 100 metres starts to feel like 100 miles) I noticed an LED sign saying the temperature was 19 celcius. I was cool and comfortable, the air was easy to breathe, and even though I was working hard I didn’t feel like I was about to keel over and die.
I felt so incredibly thankful at that moment that I no longer live in southeastern ontario… the smog was really starting to get to me last summer in Toronto, and I know that if I had been in the same situation back east I would probably still be on my way to work or lying on the sidewalk somewhere wishing I was dead.
Ontario friends: please don’t think I’m saying this to gloat. I loved Toronto, but the smog was bad, and now that I’m not experiencing the same thing I am incredibly, deeply thankful. I never want to take for granted my being able to comfortably breathe. It’s something I appreciate. I don’t want to forget that.
Otherwise, however, using crutches to get around town is one of the most exhausting things ever. People are nice to you, though. I really want to go get a london fog from Starbucks, but I’ll have to convince someone to come with me so they can carry my drink for me. How sad is that? I hate being helpless.