The flood brought a slew of emotions for me that ranges from surprise, anxiety, sadness, frustration to connection, inspiration and love.
I was always attracted to the community a yoga studio fosters and was so pleased to see the community of the city begin to pull together to help and to support all those affected by the flood. It really was amazing that strangers would just show up and give a helping hand while others delivered food and water to replenish and support those doing the back breaking labour.
When I volunteered to clear out one of the apartments, the couple was taking everything in stride while I felt so heartbroken throwing all their things away. Later, she told me a year before they had lost everything to a fire and all of this was just stuff. No doubt, it’s not easy but at the end of the day it’s about the family, friends and the love you have. How inspiring that even in times that seem so bleak that one could be so positive. It teaches me to continue evolving into the best version of myself.
While the media coverage of the flood continues to wane, there are still thousands of people who are still homeless and unable to get back into their buildings for several months. There are many local businesses that cannot open because they have to rebuild. Let us not forget the amazing community we have and that wonderful human connection we all yearn for is just a smile away.
Thank you all for every second you listened to me and openly offered their homes to me, for every one who volunteered their time, donated money and home items, who helped to feed the volunteers and for companies/organizations who stepped up to provide supplies, host fundraisers and rally more help.
I love you more than words can describe.
In love and light,