It's hard to believe that we've been together for over 5 years. I remember when we first got together in 2008, the year that I bought nothing new. That was such a big year of change for me. I freaked out about climate change and peak oil (still do sometimes) and overhauled my life to lower my environmental footprint any way I could. I was ready for the economic system to collapse at any moment (still am) and stayed up way too late reading the Oil Drum and the Archdruid report (in bed by 11 these days).
I became...um...a touch overzealous, strident even. I think I turned off a few friends. But not you. You stuck by me through it all. You were such a good support. I could turn to you anytime and pour my heart out. You would listen, not saying anything, not judging, just being there for me.
You were there when I discovered permaculture and a new-found desire for gardening. You encouraged my rapidly growing obsession with wild food and healing plants, and I loved how I could talk and talk and talk to you about things like weeds and hedges and compost.
It was because of you that I got involved with Transition Ottawa and without you I don't think I would have gotten my permaculture design certificate, started gardening on my allotment plots, taken an herbal apprenticeship, begun leading walks and workshops, and quit my job to start my own business.
I am grateful to you for so much, which is why this is so hard for me to say. Unstuffed, it's over. I'm sorry, but I just think that we've outgrown each other. I've changed so much and it's time for me to move on.
To be honest...well...I've started another blog. It's still really new and there's a lot of work to be done yet. I'm still getting to know it and how to use it, but I think we'll be really good for each other.
Unstuffed, it's not you. It's me. I hope we can still be friends. So if you want to hang out sometime, you can find me here. You're the best.