A Good Life

Photo of a street shot at night with snow coming down that is lit up by the streetlights on either side. There are some cars parked along the road. There are many lit-up storefronts. Yellow filter over image. White text in the centre reads, "A Good Life".

A good life involves at least a little wandering. A good life involves at least a lot of questioning. A good life involves not always knowing where to go or who to be. A good life involves motion and stillness in unequal parts. A good life involves a mix of hard reality and playful fantasy.

A good life involves a healthy dose of rejection from yourself and others. Rejecting what you’ve been taught. Rejecting the idea that there’s only one way to live. Being rejected and moving past it. Learning to be rejected and loved at the same time.

A good life also involves embrace. Embracing yourself and others. Allowing yourself to be embraced. Embracing the unknown. Embracing ambivalence. Embracing rejection.

A good life involves figuring out what makes you fall in love and doing it over and over again. A good life involves falling in love with people, art, activities, communities, or ideas again and again. A good life involves the pursuit of love in all its forms.

Of course, what a good life involves varies from person to person. There are universal aspects to the making of a good life, but we all add our own tweaks. And while I may be living a good life only some of the time, importantly, I am learning what a good life means to me.

Published by Sage Pantony

Sage Pantony is a writer, poet, and zinester. They write about gender, sexuality, mental health, trauma, creativity, and the best ways to cook eggs. They are the author of several zines, including a trilogy about transitioning as a non-binary person. Sage’s work has appeared in publications such as Coven Poetry, Idle Ink, and The Varsity. They currently reside in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal with their pet dinosaur, Peter.

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