MUSE & 30 Seconds to Mars: Budweiser Stage

MUSE & 30 Seconds to Mars w/ PVRIS
When: July 18, 2017
Where: Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON
Seats: 400 Level

THE COMPANY

Jacob and I have had these tickets since before we were dating. I mentioned to him that Muse was coming to Toronto, and he said they were his favourite band and they were playing the day before his birthday, so we snagged some tickets. The closer the show got, the more hyped we both were. And by the day of the show, we were cranking “Dig Down” in the car at every chance we got. There is no one I would have rather seen this with than Jacob.

THE PERFORMANCE

I have never seen a concert like the one Muse performed for us. It was incredible. Their sound is just as unique as it is on the record – actually, they’re even better live. It’s so interesting and frankly cool as fuck to see how these guys create their distinct sound with their instruments. Next time Muse is in town, I’ll be dishing out more money for better seats, because I had an amazing time.

COMPLETE SETLIST:

  1. Dig Down ♥
  2. Psycho
  3. Interlude
  4. Hysteria ♥
  5. Map of the Problematique
  6. Plug In Baby
  7. The 2nd Law: Isolated System
  8. Stockholm Syndrome ♥
  9. Supermassive Black Hole ♥♥
  10. New Kind of Kick
  11. Madness ♥♥♥
  12. Dead Inside ♥
  13. Munich Jam
  14. Starlight ♥♥
  15. Time is Running Out
  16. Mercy ♥
  17. The Globalist

Encore:
18. Uprising ♥♥
19. Knights of Cydonia ♥

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South Park: The Stick of Truth – Game Review

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Publish date: March 4, 2014
Rating: ★★★★★

SUMMARY

You are the new kid in South Park, and it doesn’t take long for Cartman to recruit you for their game. But when the battle between fake mages and elves for the Stick of Truth becomes a battle to stop the very real green alien goo that creates Nazi zombies, there is only one kid who has the strength, and the farts, to save the world.

WHAT I LIKED

I am a huge South Park fan. I love the satire and the 2D animations, and this game felt very much like playing through an episode of the show. I loved the fact that this game had turn-based combat; being a newer gamer, this aspect really helped me to gain more control of the combat at my own pace. And I didn’t feel like being turn-based slowed down the combat at all. Adding upgrades to my weapons and trying to build my ultimate character, and then smacking down some zombies with my fiery vibrator-sword was really satisfying. Being able to pick from South Park’s finest to be your combat buddies was pretty cool, too. (Butters. Always Butters.)

I also really enjoyed the collectible aspect of the game. I loved exploring South Park, discovering inside jokes from the show and collecting all of the items (Chinpokomon!) It was just so much fun to play through, and play through again to complete all of the side quests you may miss during your first attempt.

Side note: I’m currently streaming my third playthrough of this game – trying to collect all of the friends. Follow BohoWallflower on Twitch to get notified when I go live!

AND WHAT I DIDN’T

If I had one piece of criticism, it would be that I don’t particularly like how some of the collectibles (i.e. Chinpokomon, making friends, etc.) can be missed in the main quest. Some places you can only enter during certain points of the game, and if you miss these collectibles, you can’t just go back once you’re done – you have to restart the game and play through the whole thing again to get the few things you missed. I don’t mind replaying this game, because it’s a lot of fun, but it’s sort of frustrating to go back and do a whole replay for one little thing to get the achievement.

RECOMMEND IF…

  • You are a fan of South Park;
  • You love games with lots of side quests and collectibles;
  • You’re looking for a fairly easy game with which you can kick back and relax.

I cannot wait for the sequel, The Fractured But Whole, to finally hit shelves!

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On Fan Communities

This is a post I’ve actually wanted to write for a long time, but it was a little tricky, technically being part of this community of people. But I have some thoughts (okay, more like a rant) on the subject that I just need to get out.

I am a part of a number of fan communities, I would say. I’m a concert fan, a Game of Thrones fan, a Doctor Who fan… and those are the big ones. As in, I’ll buy tickets to shows the second they go on sale, or I’ll watch the episode as soon as it airs and have a lot of fangirl-esque feels and fan theories to discuss with other fans of the show.

And okay, maybe I’m just becoming an old, grouchy adult, but I just cannot enjoy certain fan communities. They actually make me want to not associate with those people, because of how intense they are.

To me, fandom crosses a line when the entire thing becomes a competition, and when people put “being the biggest fan” ahead of being, y’know, a decent human being to others. It’s not about genuinely liking and enjoying something, but rather becomes this competition where you have to prove that you’re the biggest fan, and will do anything to earn your title and gain a reaction from people like, “wow, that’s incredible – I wish I could have the money/time to do that!”

Because honestly, I’ve been that person. For example, I love Firefly and am working my way to collecting all of their autographs. But at the same time, the further in I get, the more I realize I’m spending a lot of money for 2 minutes with a celebrity who will forget about me in literally 5 seconds. Is it worth it?

Another fun example that I hate talking about, but will talk about anyway: Jersey Boys.

I saw that god damn musical over forty times. Why? Because I was an impressionable teenager who thought it was so impressive to meet the cast members a million times. “Oh wow, these people remember who I am; that’s so cool!” I cringe every time I look back. That’s about when I realized it was better to cultivate relationships with people to whom I actually mattered. And made it my life goal to focus on the people who return the interest and care that I put into them.

But circling back to what I was saying before. I was never rude to people to get these autographs, or use them to prove how desirable my life is (spoiler alert: it’s really not).

This is the reason why I stopped attending bookish events and eventually gave up book blogging altogether.

The people are far too intense. The needing every book that comes out, even if they can’t read it in time. The need to go to every event and meet every author. The constant social media posts. It’s not about discussing books and sharing recommendations and building a network, anymore. Now it’s about rewarding those who are the loudest with more views. It all just feels so fake and attention-seeking. And I don’t know where I fit into that community anymore.

Don’t get me wrong – there are a few people who I can call friends. But I have honestly never been to a book event where people didn’t make me feel uncomfortable, or where guests were legit just absolute dicks for the sake of getting more/better free swag. It’s ridiculous. And quite frankly, it’s exhausting to be around these people.

Why put myself through this for the sake of writing a blog post about it that no one will read anyway? who am i going to these events for?

Fan Expo is usually my favourite time of year, but now I’m just not sure I want to go. Photos and autographs seem like a huge waste of money, and the insane crowds don’t seem worth it. Maybe I just don’t care about things as much as I used to, or maybe I’m reaching like, the old cranky lady stage of my life before I’m thirty.

I just feel like I used to be so timid and enjoyed watching people go nuts over something that seems so small in the grand scheme of the universe, but now if I go to these things I won’t be able to keep my mouth shut and I’ll just tell off the people off who sneak ahead in lines, or take more than their fair share of swag. Fan communities encourage craziness inherently (most of the time, with no bad intent), and I don’t really want to be a part of it, on any level.

I think I’m just really fed up with people who are so focused on material things and who feel entitled to these things because they are “a huge fan”.

Big Wreck & Yukon Blonde: Canada Day

Big Wreck & Yukon Blonde
When: July 1, 2017
Where: Chinguacousy Park – Brampton, ON
Seats: General Admission

THE COMPANY

I got to go to this show with probably my two favourite people in the world – my sister and my boyfriend. Jacob is obsessed with Big Wreck, and recently introduced me to the awesome that is Ian Thornley’s voice, so we were pretty stoked to be at this free concert!

THE PERFORMANCE

First up was Yukon Blonde, which – okay – I only knew “Saturday Night” going into this thing. But by the time they were finished their set, I was quite disappointed to see them leave the stage. The band was really energetic and their tunes are so upbeat and fun!

Yukon Blonde @ Chinguacousy Park, July 1, 2017

When Big Wreck hit the stage, the crowd started to get a little more amped up. Their set was a little shorter than anticipated, but I absolutely loved every song – even the ones I didn’t already know! Honestly, I cannot get enough of his voice. Ahhhhh. And of course, during their last song, Thornley broke into a guitar instrumental of “O Canada”, to remind everyone why we were all at this show in the first place. Definitely one of my favourite Canada Day concerts!

COMPLETE SETLIST:

Yukon Blonde:

  1. Confused ♥
  2. Como
  3. Emotional Blackmail ♥
  4. Love the Way You Are ♥
  5. Saturday Night ♥
  6. I Wanna Be Your Man
  7. Crazy ♥
  8. My Girl ♥
  9. Favourite People
  10. Stairway

Big Wreck:

  1. One Good Piece of Me ♥
  2. A Million Days
  3. Fall Through the Cracks ♥
  4. That Song ♥
  5. Wolves
  6. Ladylike
  7. Ghosts ♥
  8. You Don’t Even Know ♥
  9. Albatross ♥
  10. Tomorrow Down
  11. Blown Wide Open ♥
  12. The Oaf

Third Eye Blind: Summer Gods Tour

Third Eye Blind and Silversun Pickups
When: June 28, 2017
Where: Echo Beach – Toronto, ON
Seats: General Admission

THE COMPANY

I went to this one with concert-buddy Marco, and honestly it was probably the most chill show I’ve been to in a long time. Neither of us were like “super fans” of Third Eye Blind – only knowing a handful of songs each; we were just happy to spend a night on the beach and get to listen to some tunes.

THE PERFORMANCE

When Third Eye Blind came out, the crowd went nuts. The beginning of their set was pretty slow, and I was wondering when it was going to pick up. That’s when they announced they’d be playing their debut album front to back, and the show kicked into gear. Even the songs I wasn’t familiar with made me want to dance. But of course, I think everyone was expecting those mega-nostalgic hits to be the highlights of the show, and the band delivered! From the very first chord of “Semi-Charmed Life”, “Jumper”, “Never Let You Go”, and “How It’s Gonna Be”, the entire audience cheered and began screaming the lyrics along. Overall, the show was pretty upbeat and fun, but my mood was kind of mellow.

THE AUDIENCE

I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this audience, honestly. But the crowd was made up of a lot of people in their 20s and 30s who were ready for a night of 90s nostalgia. It was kind of awesome to see hundreds of drunk people screaming along to “Jumper” like their lives depended on it.

COMPLETE SETLIST:

  1. Weightless
  2. Company of Strangers
  3. Horror Show ♥
  4. Wounded
  5. Queen of Daydreams
  6. Shipboard Cook
  7. Losing a Whole Year ♥
  8. Narcolepsy ♥
  9. Semi-Charmed Life ♥
  10. Jumper ♥
  11. How It’s Gonna Be ♥
  12. Thanks a Lot
  13. Burning Man
  14. Good for You
  15. London ♥
  16. I Want You
  17. The Background
  18. Motorcycle Drive By ♥

Encore:
19. Never Let You Go ♥
20. God of Wine

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Arkells + July Talk @ Budweiser Stage

Arkells + July Talk with Said the Whale and Mondo Cozmo
When: June 24, 2017
Where: Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON
Seats: General Admission – Lawn

THE COMPANY

I could not have asked for a better group of people to see this concert with. I had an unanticipated extra ticket and asked my sister to come along – promising her the most fun concert she’s ever attended – and she said yes. (An answer which she doesn’t regret, because she is now obsessed with both Arkells and July Talk). And then my friends Christine, Jeremy, Marco, and Mike were all coming as well, so we met up and got super psyched together for what would be an amazing show.

It was actually the best thing ever to dance and sing along to my favourite tunes with some of my favourite people.

THE PERFORMANCE

The opening acts of this show were both pretty stellar. I’ve got a few Said the Whale songs on my iPod so it was cool to hear them live. I’ve never heard of Mondo Cozmo, but I really liked their music. But honestly, the entire time, I was counting down the seconds to the two headlining bands of this concert. And once they hit the stage, I think I literally lost my mind.

Having only heard July Talk songs on the radio before, I was really hesitant that lead male vocalist, Peter Dreimanis, would actually sound as deep and raspy as he does in the recordings. So let me just say: he sounds even better live. The entire band does. Peter and Leah’s voices are incredible together, and their chemistry on stage brought the crowd to its feet. They also (very smartly) advertised their next set of shows to the 16,000 people packing the Bud Stage that night. Needless to say those shows sold out almost immediately. (And needless to say, my sister and I will be going).

Arkells. My band. I’ve seen them before and I knew I’d love seeing them again. They’ve quickly become my #1 favourite band. So when the lights went out for them to begin, the cheers rumbled and I went into full fangirl-concert mode. Every song they played was a hit. Front man, Max Kerman, did not let the energy die down even for a second. I don’t think anyone in the crowd stopped dancing at any point during their set.

But easily the best part of the entire night was the encore. The venue gave everyone at the show a beer cup that would light up red at certain points in the encore. Arkells came out to sing “My Heart’s Always Yours” and the cups lit up the venue – pulsing and dancing along to the tune of the song. Then all four acts came out once more and did a rendition of Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” that had everyone going wild (including the red lights).

It was quite honestly the best concert I think I’ve ever been to in my life.

COMPLETE SETLIST:

July Talk:

  1. Picturing Love ♥
  2. Summer Dress
  3. Gentleman
  4. Johnny + Mary ♥
  5. Lola + Joseph ♥
  6. Strange Habit
  7. Guns + Ammunition ♥
  8. Paper Girl ♥
  9. Jesus Said So
  10. My Neck
  11. Ace of Spades (Motorhead cover) ♥
  12. I’ve Rationed Well
  13. Touch
  14. Beck + Call ♥
  15. Push + Pull ♥
  16. The Garden

Arkells:

  1. Private School ♥
  2. Michigan Left ♥
  3. Never Thought That This Would Happen ♥♥
  4. Come to Light ♥
  5. 11:11 ♥♥
  6. Oh, the Boss is Coming! ♥
  7. Pullin’ Punches ♥♥
  8. Drake’s Dad ♥
  9. Savannah
  10. And Then Some ♥♥
  11. Book Club ♥
  12. Leather Jacket ♥♥
  13. Dirty Blonde ♥♥
  14. Whistleblower ♥
  15. A Little Rain (A Song for Pete) ♥♥♥
  16. Cynical Bastards ♥♥
  17. Knocking at the Door ♥♥

Encore:
18. My Heart’s Always Yours ♥♥
19. Dancing in the Dark (Springsteen cover with July Talk, Mondo Cozmo, and Said the Whale) ♥♥♥

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Train: Play That Song Tour

Train with O.A.R and Natasha Bedingfield
When: June 21, 2017
Where: Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON
Seats: General Admission – Lawn

THE COMPANY

When these tickets dropped on Groupon for $15, I knew I had to snatch them up! And I asked one of my besties, Nikki, to come along – to which she obviously said yes, because why would someone not say yes to $15 concert tickets? Who knows.

And then this opportunity got even more awesome when we got to the venue and apparently the show didn’t sell out – which, okay, I guess isn’t great for them – but it was great for us, because they were upgrading people who had lawn seats! So we ended up in the 300-section instead of two sections back, sitting on the grass. So that was nifty.

THE PERFORMANCE

It wasn’t until a few days before the concert that I realized how many Train songs I knew. Obviously, Drops of Jupiter. But I couldn’t believe how many hits they had. And I recognized even more of them at the show. Train would launch into the next song, and I’d start singing along; something in the back of my mind remembered lyrics to Meet Virginia from years ago. But the band was incredible and so high energy the whole time.

I particularly liked the fact that Train brought out the two opening acts (Natasha Bedingfield and O.A.R) at separate points during their set to do a song collaboratively. A lot of the time, people aren’t there to see the opening acts, so it was cool to see how supportive and excited the audience was to see them back again to perform with the headliner.

Some favourites are marked in the setlist below, but I really enjoyed getting to hear Drive By, Hey Soul Sister, and their cover of Queen/Bowie’s “Under Pressure” was absolutely fantastic.

THE AUDIENCE

The audience may not have been as high-energy as the band on stage, but they were definitely excited to be at this show. I always find it interesting to see the crowds at shows and see who is a fan of the band. I’m into some pretty diverse stuff and I don’t typically enter any “fan communities”, so I’m honestly not too aware of what kinds of people to expect at certain concerts. And this one was very up in the air for me. But I thought it was cool to see the wide range of people at this one – people of literally all ages could be seen around the venue, and everyone was up dancing.

$15 tickets on Groupon for a night like that? Yeah, I’d definitely do it again.

COMPLETE SETLIST:

  1. Drink Up
  2. 50 Ways to Say Goodbye
  3. If It’s Love
  4. Angel in Blue Jeans
  5. Get to Me
  6. Save Me, San Francisco ♥
  7. Calling All Angels ♥
  8. Bruises (with Natasha Bedingfield) ♥
  9. Meet Virginia ♥
  10. Drive By ♥
  11. Marry Me
  12. You Better Believe
  13. You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon cover – with O.A.R)
  14. Working Girl
  15. Mermaid/Shape of You/Cheap Thrills/Treat You Better/Lost and Found ♥
  16. Hey, Soul Sister ♥
  17. Play That Song ♥

Encore:
18. Under Pressure (Queen/Bowie cover) ♥
19. Drops of Jupiter ♥

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Michelle Muses: June 2017

June was a busy summer kick-off, and it’s only going to get busier from here! But here’s what I’ve been up to this month.

Wonderland: I went with my dad and sister to Canada’s Wonderland – a place I haven’t gone in quite a while – and it was so much fun! We haven’t had a family outing in a while, so to be able to eat funnel cakes and walk around and enjoy the rides and take photos together was really nice.

Escape Room: I have never done an escape room before, but my family and I started doing this monthly get-together, and our first activity was an escape room. It was SO FUN. The guys teamed up and did a sort of James Bond-ish escape room, while the ladies took on a Mayan Temple, very Indiana Jones-type room. And we escaped our room! The men were not as fortunate, but theirs was a lot harder.

Family BBQ: I got to accompany Jacob to one of his family’s BBQ dinners where we went swimming and I met a ton of people – it was a lot of fun and very relaxing. This was mainly prep for the fact that in August I’ll be attending a bigger family reunion with even more people. Eep.

Jays v. White Sox: I think I am a jinx, in that anytime I go to a Jays game, they get their ass handed to them on a silver platter? Hoping the next time I go it’s a bit of a closer game! But it was still fun to have a drink and hang out with my favourite person.

Train: First concert of the crazy summer of concerts ahead of me! Train with one of my best friends was a great way to kick it off. Keep a look out for my post about the show!

Arkells & July Talk: Arkells is my favourite band right now, and July Talk is quickly climbing my list. This was, not gonna lie, probably the best show I’ve ever been to. I wa surrounded by awesome people who just wanted to have a great time and we did not stop dancing. Again, keep an eye on the blog to see a more detailed post about the night ❤

Third Eye Blind: This was such a great, nostalgic concert. Getting to jump up and down to Semi-Charmed Life and scream the words to Jumper? Heck yes. Stay posted for the full concert recap!

Changes on the blog:

Here’s probably the biggest one that will actually affect my readers. As you may have noticed, my blog is sort of headed in a concert direction. And honestly, it’s not about me switching the blog from “book blog” to “music blog”. It’s about me switching the blog from “writing about books because I have to”, to “writing about what I want, when I want”.

So no, you probably won’t see reviews for books before they get published. No, you probably won’t even see reviews for books within the first month of their being published. No, I don’t plan on working with publishers anymore.

BUT.

Yes, you will see more variety and posts about things I’m up to and things on my mind. Yes, you will get better reviews, because I’ll actually WANT to review the books, and I’ll have many more passionate things to say about them. So. There’s that.

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Skin Flick by Norm Foster: Book Review

Skin Flick

Obtained: Playwrights Canada Press
Pages: 112
Publish date: March 13, 2017
Rating: ★★★★

SUMMARY

Middle-aged couple Daphne and Rollie and their friend Alex are out of work and out of luck when they get the idea to make their own porno film for some quick cash. The only problem is none of them want to star in it. As if on cue, a birthday telegram messenger arrives on their doorstep…

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WHAT I LIKED

I wasn’t sure what the tone of this play was going to be when I picked it up, but as soon as I started reading, I could not stop chuckling to myself. Rollie narrates the story to the audience directly, telling the story of how their idea to make a porn film came to be, and these narration often influence the characters acting out the story. Rollie decides to censor their language, and the characters become aware of the fact that their “F-words” get bleeped out. He also changes details mid-story and they get confused as to why they’re saying one thing when they wanted to say another. I thought the narration and breaking the fourth wall was extremely clever and entertaining.

I also enjoyed how dynamic and fun the characters were to read. I didn’t feel like any of them were particularly flat or conventional, which was refreshing for a comedy. And on a bit of a deeper level, I really liked the way the play addressed the topic of sex. Each character had their own viewpoint that wasn’t right or wrong. Sex wasn’t just meaningful, and it wasn’t just a meaningless act.  It was dependent on the situation and the individuals involved, and I thought that was a really great approach to the topic.

AND WHAT I DIDN’T

Honestly, there wasn’t any part of reading this play that I didn’t enjoy. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because I wasn’t totally blown away (pun intended?). It was funny and I had a great time imagining the staging of this production, but it isn’t going to go down as one of my all-time favourites. And that is what a 5-star rating is reserved for, in my books.

RECOMMEND IF…

  • You’re looking for a great, live comedy;
  • You’re open to learning about various opinions on sex;
  • You have an hour to kill and want to laugh.

Skin Flick is available online at Chapters Indigo, Book Depository, and Kobo.

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The Kindness of Strangers

I work in a school. So whenever I go into a public washroom, I see students – young women on their phones, taking selfies, laughing with friends, fixing their lipstick. Sometimes I have the unfortunate experience of walking into a washroom and seeing a girl crying. Most of the time, they’ve got a friend to support them through whatever is going on in their life. And sometimes I walk into a washroom and I’m reminded of an instance when I was in grade twelve, of an act of kindness that always sort of blew me away. That was nearly ten years ago, and I still think about it to this day.

It was the first day back from summer – my first day of my last year of high school. I’d signed up for an art class that was meant to focus on theatre set and costume design. Due to an underwhelming registration for that class, they’d merged it with the grade twelve art students’ class. I hadn’t taken art since grade nine, and these guys were all naturals. The teacher told us to draw a person’s face in two minutes – just a rough sketch using techniques we’d learned (which I hadn’t learned, because I wasn’t an art student). He came around to my desk and told me I was doing it wrong. Each similar exercise, he’d approach me and said I needed to draw faster: I wasn’t doing it right; I wasn’t good enough. Eventually he just didn’t walk around the class anymore, he just stood in front of my desk and criticized me in front of everyone. Finally, I’d had enough. I threw my pencil down and stormed out of the room, not waiting to burst into tears until I’d reached the girls’ bathroom. I don’t like any sort of attention, and all of his negativity was terrible.

I locked myself in a stall and started sobbing. Was this what grade twelve was going to be? It was only the first day and I already couldn’t handle the stress.

That’s when I heard a timid knock on the stall door. Quiet and curious. Then, a voice as small as her knock. “Um, hi – are you okay in there?

I sniffled and wiped my face, even though she couldn’t see me. “Yeah.” She obviously knew that was a lie, so I back-tracked. “No, I don’t know.”

“Do you want to talk?” Really? This girl actually cared enough to talk me down from this? I sighed and opened the door. The girl was tiny. I barely remember what she looked like, but I remember she was smaller than me. “Are you okay?

I explained what happened with my art teacher, and the girl shook her head. “What grade are you in?” she asked me. I told her twelve. Then she said the part that blew my mind.I’m in grade nine.

It was this girl’s first day of high school. She should have been terrified. Intimidated. Hoping just to get herself through the day. But this thirteen/fourteen-year-old girl had the courage to step up and knock on that door. And even though I was quietly sniffling into my tissue paper, she kept talking. “I can’t imagine how hard grade twelve is going to be. You’ve got to start thinking about graduation and school is getting harder… This is only my first day of grade nine, and it’s a little scary. But that teacher seems mean. Do you think you can drop the class?

I’d never considered dropping a class in my life. I loved school a lot. But I didn’t need it to graduate. I could have a spare period. She was being the logical one and talking me down from my anxiety attack. “Yeah, I think I could.”

If you don’t like the teacher, and you don’t like the class, maybe stick it out for a few days and if you still don’t like it – drop it.

Yeah. Thanks.

Do you want a hug?

Sure.I smiled as this girl wrapped her arms around me and actually squeezed. Not one of those awkward stranger hugs where you’re hoping to not have any more physical contact than absolutely necessary, but an actual, meaningful hug.

You got this. You’re almost done. You’ll be okay.”

I left the bathroom smiling through my reddened face, and didn’t return back to the classroom until 5 minutes before the bell. I ended up dropping the class the next day and saving myself a whole lot of unnecessary stress.

Often times I think about how brave that grade nine girl was. If I was in her shoes – the first day of high school, I’d be keeping my nose down. But that girl stepped up, talked me down from an anxiety attack, and was a friend when I needed one. I never learned her name, and I don’t think I ever saw her again. But the fact that she reached out and helped me did not go unnoticed.

Those random acts of kindness really do matter.